By 1812Blockhouse

Perhaps it is due to a traffic increase related to the reopening of the economy after 2020’s economic shutdown.

Whatever the case it is clear that, based on recent numbers shared by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Richland County has seen an across the board increase in activity of the Patrol related to traffic enforcement over the last 11 months.

The increase has been a deadly one as well. Since the start of the year, 13 people have been killed on county roads, as compared to 7 last year. Only four of those fatal crashes occurred on or in close proximity to Interstate 71.

Two of those crashes took place on or near US30.

What follows is a breakdown of Patrol activity during 2021, year-to-date. The first column is for 2021, followed by the 2020 statistic.

Enforcement Stops6,9295,441
Non-Enforcement Activity17,23616,277
    – Warnings5,0604,181
    – Motorist Assists3,3513,177
Crashes Investigated1,5981,384
OVI Enforcement517308
Driving Under Suspension Enforcement554527
Seat Belt Enforcement831636
Distracted Driving Violations208140
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement286188
Felony Arrests9178
Felony Warrants Served2821
Misdemeanor Summons Issued272267
Misdemeanor Warrants Served128125
Drug Violations265256
Identity Theft Enforcement11
Resisting Arrest Violations1916
Weapons Violations3318

Raymond Wambsgans from Akron Ohio, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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