95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
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.