Law enforcement in NW Ohio conducts annual ‘Lights for Lives’ campaign

FINDLAY — The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that the eighth annual “Lights for Lives” was a successful operation, showing what can be accomplished by law enforcement working cooperatively in a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional effort.

The patrol’s Findlay district, in conjunction with nearly 30 law enforcement agencies in northwest Ohio, conducted the campaign that focused on officers activating their overhead lights and stopping as many vehicles that committed traffic violations as possible in an effort to save as lives. The effort began Monday and culminated at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Defiance, Henry, Wood, Putnam, Paulding, Hancock, Van Wert, Allen and Hardin counties.

During that 36-hour period there was one life lost in traffic crash in northwest Ohio. Officers reported stopping nearly 2,000 vehicles and issuing 558 citations. There were 86 safety belt citations were issued, while three impaired drivers were removed from the road. There were also 91 criminal arrests, 20 of which involved drugs.

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