Lights for Lives aims to prevent crashes

The six annual Lights for Lives was a successful operation once again, showing what can be accomplished by law enforcement working cooperatively in a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional effort. In the spirit of collaboration, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Findlay District worked in conjunction with nearly 30 law enforcement agencies in Northwest Ohio from Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Defiance, Henry, Wood, Putnam, Paulding, Hancock, Van Wert, Allen, and Hardin counties.

Lights for Lives is a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, cooperative enforcement campaign focused on officers activating their overhead lights and stopping as many vehicles that have committed traffic violations to save as many lives as possible. It began on Nov. 20 at midnight and ran through Nov. 22 at midnight, kicking off the holiday driving season.

During the 48- hour period no lives were lost in traffic crashes in Northwest Ohio. During the operation officers reported stopping over 2,000 vehicles and issued nearly 1,000 citations. Over 100 safety belt citations were issued, while 39 impaired drivers were removed from Ohio’s roadways. Further, there were over 75 criminal arrests including felonies and misdemeanors while 30 involved drug arrests.

On behalf of all law enforcement who participated in Lights for Lives, the Highway Patrol reminded motorists this holiday season to always buckle up, as it is the one thing most likely to save their life. Additionally, motorists should remember to plan ahead and never operate a vehicle when impaired by drugs or alcohol.