Gov. DeWine gets bill permitting township police to patrol interstates
Drivers who use Interstate 80 in the Valley could see law enforcement agencies other than the Ohio State Highway Patrol handing out tickets for speeding and other traffic violations.
A bill sent to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine for his signature would permit township police departments like Weathersfield, Austintown, Liberty, and Hubbard Townships to enforce laws on interstate highways within their jurisdiction.
The Ohio General Assembly has passed Representative Haraz Ghanbari's House Bill 206 giving trustees in certain townships the ability to allow their police officers to enforce traffic laws on federal interstates.
Under the bill, local police could enforce traffic laws along interstate highways in townships that have populations between 5,000 and 50,000 with a permanent, public access point to the highway within their jurisdiction.
Township trustees would first have to approve police enforcement on the highways.
Weathersfield, which has an Interstate 80 interchange at Salt Springs Road, is one of the townships supporting the bill.