Columbus, Ohio – During the 2023 Labor Day holiday weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol witnessed a notable surge in traffic stops, including both enforcement and non-enforcement measures. According to official reports, a total of 17,965 traffic enforcement stops were conducted, in addition to 9,479 non-enforcement stops over the extended holiday weekend.
One of the most significant highlights of the weekend’s law enforcement efforts was the apprehension of four murder suspects during traffic stops.
On Saturday, troopers operating in Hancock County made a pivotal arrest, taking into custody two individuals who were sought on murder charges originating from Monroe, Michigan. Sunday brought another success as a murder suspect from Chicago was apprehended by troopers, and on Monday, a murder suspect in Delaware County was also arrested. All of these cases are currently undergoing active investigations.
Beyond the arrests related to homicide cases, the Ohio State Highway Patrol was diligently engaged in various other law enforcement activities.
Troopers arrested a total of 415 drivers for Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI) violations and issued 2,173 safety belt citations. Additionally, 225 drug-related arrests were made, along with 98 felony apprehensions. Troopers displayed their commitment to public safety by providing assistance to 1,876 motorists in need.
The Labor Day holiday reporting period began at 12 a.m. on Friday, September 1, and concluded at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 4. The heightened enforcement efforts during this period underscored the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s dedication to maintaining safety on the state’s roadways, resulting in the apprehension of several individuals wanted for serious crimes.