Northwest Ohio – “Lights for Lives” was a successful operation that showed what can be accomplished by law enforcement working cooperatively in a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional effort. In the spirit of cooperation the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Findlay District and nearly 30 agencies in Northwest Ohio from the following counties: Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Defiance, Henry, Putnam, Hancock, Van Wert, Allen, and Hardin Counties participated.

“Lights for Lives” is a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, cooperative enforcement campaign focused on officers activating their overhead lights and stopping as many vehicles that have committed traffic violations to save as many lives as possible. It began on Nov. 20 at midnight and ran until Nov. 22nd at noon, kicking off the holiday driving season.

During the 60 hour period there were no lives lost as the result of a traffic crash in the 12 county area. During the 60 hour operation officers reported stopping 2,238 vehicles and issued 1,038 citations. One-hundred and two safety belt citations were issued, while 34 impaired drivers were removed from Ohio’s roadways.

Law enforcement who participated in “Lights for Lives” would like to remind motorists this holiday season to always buckle up, as it is the one thing most likely to save their life. Additionally, law enforcement stated that motorists must remember to plan ahead and never operate a vehicle when impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.