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Highway patrol cracking down on I-80 traffic violations

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is cracking down on traffic enforecement on Interstate 80 starting Wednesday.

It's part of an "Interstate 80 Cross-Country Crackdown."  

The Patrol will be pulling over motorists who are distracted, speeding or violating other rules of the road.

There will be eight straight days of saturation patrols as part of the "More Cops, More Stops" campaign.

"The Ohio State Highway Patrol is teaming up with other state law enforcement agencies from California to New Jersey. Our objective is to have zero fatalities across that stretch of Interstate 80, from the East Coast to the West Coast, July 24 through July 31," says Lieutenant Nakia Hendrix, Commander of the OSP Canfield post.

In 2010, one stretch of Interstate 80 was the scene of three deadly accidents in Trumbull County.

Nationally, 9,900 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, more than 3,330 killed in fatal crashes involving a distracted driver and nearly 10,000 lives lost in speed related crashes.

"We'll be looking for aggressive driving behaviors from speeding to following too close, improper lane changes. We'll also be looking for people that are not wearing their seat belts," says Hendrix.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol advises adults who have to use their cell phones to pull over, and they also have a message for young drivers.

"I would remind anyone under the age of 18 that can not use a wireless handheld device, whether it's a cell phone, whether it's a GPS, whether it's a game, you can not use it, it's illegal," says Hendrix.

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