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Highway Patrol Checkpoint Coming Saturday

26 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Saturday evening, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducting an OVI checkpoint somewhere in Richland County.

The local effort will be matched by checkpoints in ten other Ohio counties, including nearby Knox County.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. “There were 13,762 OVI-related crashes in which 720 people were killed last year in Ohio,” said Lieutenant Jason P. Murfield, Mansfield Post commander. “In 2021, troopers made more than 18,000 OVI arrests in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

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Richland Traffic Enforcement Stops, Crashes, Running Substantially Ahead of Last Year

6 Dec , 2021  

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.

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Bellville Police Engage In High Speed Pursuit On I71; Driver Commits Suicide

17 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse:

From Bellville Police Chief Ron Willey (revisions to make more clear):

On Tuesday, June 25 at 5:31 PM Bellville Police initiated a car stop on St Rt 97 West in the area of I-71. The stop was made for traffic violations observed by the officers.

The 2000 Buick four door vehicle pulled into the Love’s Travel Stop, where officers made contact with the operator of the vehicle, a 48 year old Hancock County man. The man then accelerated out of the parking lot and entered I-71 southbound. More…

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A Safer Memorial Day Weekend This Year, Including For Richland County

3 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has reported nine deaths on Ohio’s roadways during the 2021 Memorial Day weekend, according to provisional statistics.

This Memorial Day saw fewer fatalities than last year, when there were 20 traffic deaths during the weekend. When compared to the previous three-year average, the number of fatalities dropped by 49% this year. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 28, and ran through Monday, May 31.

Richland County’s numbers reflected a similar decrease. More…

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Fourth Of July Weekend Deadly On Ohio Roads

8 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Perhaps reflecting the different ways in which people are traveling and a change in habits, the numbers released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol earlier this week about Fourth of July weekend traffic showed an unusual and tragic divergence.

On one hand, individual traffic incidents were down across the board in all categories– from crashes, OVI, to suspected license citations. Safety belt citations were 76.1% lower than in 2019. More…

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Officer, Two Others Hurt In Friday Evening Crash

14 Jun , 2020  

By: Mansfield Division of Police; 1812Blockhouse Staff

A Mansfield Police Officer and two others were injured on Friday night in an accident which took place on East First Street.

According to information shared by the Mansfield Division of Police, at approximately 8:22 PM Officer Justin Cikity was responding to a “call for assistance” from other offices who had placed a radio call for help at the scene of a fight. More…

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Teens: Get Your Cones

12 Feb , 2019  

The City of Mansfield has announced the offering of a new community program within the Mansfield Division of Police.

The Teen Driver Traffic Cone Program is designed to assist parents in helping their children, which possess a temporary driver’s permit, to become more confident drivers. Teen drivers will be able to practice the state’s maneuverability exam with oversight from their parent or guardian. More…

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Ohio Implements Bold New Law To Deter Against Distracted Driving

1 Nov , 2018  

Having become law on October 29, House Bill 95 establishes Ohio’s unique approach of combating distracted driving by enhancing existing moving violations.

For example, law enforcement officers no longer will need to prove a driver is texting, but only that a moving violation has occurred and the driver was distracted at the time. More…

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Richland Public Health To Drivers: Pay Attention to Deer

3 Oct , 2018  

Ohio drivers beware. Your risk of colliding with deer may be on the rise, according to officials at the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). The increased risk is partly due to the rise in reported deer-vehicle (D-V) crashes along with the fact that October through December is peak deer mating season in the Buckeye state. More…

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Richland County Traffic Fatalities Fall To 13 Year Low

8 Jan , 2017  

The Richland County Safe Communities Coalition reports that for the month of December there were no traffic deaths in Richland County. There were six total traffic-related deaths for 2016 in Richland County. This marks the lowest total for traffic fatalities since the Richland County Safe Communities Coalition was formed in 2003. The record low follows the second worst year for traffic fatalities as there were 17 in 2015. And in 2011 there were five traffic fatalities in December alone. More…

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