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Troopers Ramp up Effort to Prevent Semi Crashes in Central Ohio
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Ken Hines) -- State highway patrol troopers are cracking down on drivers amid an upswing in the number of semi accidents in central Ohio in September.
Beginning Friday, troopers will increase their presence in the area with two weeks of targeted enforcement.
Fifty-five accidents involving semis have occurred in the area this month, causing three deaths.
Troopers will issue tickets to drivers of semis, as well as passenger vehicles, for a variety of moving violations, including lane changes and following too closely.
Drivers should maintain a separation of one vehicle length (based on what they are driving) while following a semi, according to Lt. Kelly Weakley.
"If you don't, and we spot you, you could get a ticket," Weakley said.
Long-time truck driver Jim Terry supports the increased attention troopers will pay to vehicle separation on highways.
"Trucks need to be safe," Terry said. "I wouldn't want my family riding beside an unsafe truck."
Troopers will also check semis for maintenance issues, including improper tire tread depth.