Ohio Patrol: Roadway Deaths Down, Drug Seizures Up

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - The Highway Patrol says initial data show that fewer people died in fatal crashes on Ohio roadways in 2011 and that drug seizures increased, with the highest jump in cocaine.

The patrol on Monday said there were 997 confirmed and 32 unconfirmed fatalities in 2011, compared with 1,080 deaths in 2010.

The patrol attributes the changes to a new "Trooper Shield mantra" through which troopers were asked to further improve roadway safety.

The mantra also includes an emphasis on criminal patrols, and increases were seen in the seizure of all drug categories, including a 663 percent rise in cocaine. Heroin seizures increased 69 percent, illegal prescription pills were up 46 percent and marijuana was up 7 percent.

Lt. Darryl Edge at the Sandusky Post says the efforts continue into 2012.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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