Ohio Troopers Train Truckers To See Signs Of Crime

Ohio State Highway Patrol(Photo: Ohio State Highway Patrol)
Ohio State Highway Patrol(Photo: Ohio State Highway Patrol)

The State Highway Patrol is kicking off a new program to train truck drivers to watch for signs of potential crimes and safety threats while they’re traveling Ohio roadways.

Troopers have begun by training a group of Wal-Mart truck drivers in Grove City. The patrol hopes to enlist the aid of a lot of trucking companies in its Truck Shield program.

“The four areas that we are training the drivers in are impaired driver detection, illegal drug interdiction, homeland security and human trafficking,” says Patrol Lieutenant Anne Ralston.

Ralston says truckers should be alerted to a potential threat if someone inquires about their route especially if they’re carrying hazardous cargo. She says human trafficking in Ohio, especially with girls ages 12 to 15, is a growing problem.

“If you see a person that appears to be in fear of the person that they’re with; if the person doesn’t have identification or doesn’t know where they are, those are certainly signs that we would want people to pick up on and then report those to the patrol,” Ralston says.

Lt. Ralston says the sheer number of truck drivers on the road can help make Ohio safer.

“It’s a logical partnership between the trucking industry and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. It’s something that we’ve had for a long time and look forward to doing in the future,” Ralston says.

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