The I-90/94 Challenge, a multi-state, multi-jurisdictional initiative concluded Monday, Aug. 4 after four days of increased law enforcement on the entire corridor, stretching 5,000 miles coast to coast. Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to 19 crashes within the target area, one of which was fatal.
Troopers made 629 enforcement contacts and 268 Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) contacts during the four day period as part of an increased focus on the area.
Erie County led the way in Ohio with 243 incidents, including two crashes that caused property damage.
Ohio banded together with 14 other states to complement and enhance the effectiveness of existing local, state and federal highway safety efforts. Friday through Monday of each week traditionally experiences the most fatal crashes of any four day period along I-90/94, according to data of the last three years. Troopers urge motorists to slow down, wear safety belts, drive sober and pay attention.
“I want all citizens of Ohio to get home safely every day,” said Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “By slowing down, paying attention and eliminating distractions, you significantly decrease your chance of getting into a crash.”
The challenge supports the International Association of Chiefs of Police initiative The Drive Campaign to reduce traffic deaths and injuries across the U.S. by 15 percent nationwide. It will be led by the Minnesota State Patrol.
A breakdown of OSHP’s I-90/94 Challenge enforcement can be found below.