COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTAP) - People in Ohio now have a quicker, easier way to report drug activity or drugged drivers to police.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol's new "Start Talking!" campaign features nearly 200 billboards across Ohio, with messages that encourage people to dial 677 to immediately report possible drug activity, impaired drivers and other highway safety concerns.
When a person dials 677 in Ohio, the call is routed to the closest Ohio State Highway Patrol office and a trooper is dispatched to investigate the caller's complaint.
The billboard campaign is a joint partnership with the Ohio Outdoor Advertising Association of Ohio - who donated space on nearly 200 billboards - along with the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services.
"Start Talking!" is the state’s drug prevention program that provides parents, guardians, educators and community leaders with the tools to start the conversation about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.
Research shows children whose parents or other trusted adults talk with them about the risks of drugs are up to 50% less likely to use drugs than children who have not had such conversations.