Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Ohio Troopers Train Truckers To See Signs Of Crime
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.
â€œThe four areas that we are training the drivers in are impaired driver detection, illegal drug interdiction, homeland security and human trafficking,â€ says Patrol Lieutenant Anne Ralston.
Ralston says truckers should be alerted to a potential threat if someone inquires about their route especially if theyâ€™re carrying hazardous cargo. She says human trafficking in Ohio, especially with girls ages 12 to 15, is a growing problem.
â€œIf you see a person that appears to be in fear of the person that theyâ€™re with; if the person doesnâ€™t have identification or doesnâ€™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,â€ Ralston says.
Lt. Ralston says the sheer number of truck drivers on the road can help make Ohio safer.
â€œItâ€™s a logical partnership between the trucking industry and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Itâ€™s something that weâ€™ve had for a long time and look forward to doing in the future,â€ Ralston says.