June 25, 2007

Ontario Provincial Police and Ohio State Highway Patrol sign working agreement


2008 Subaru Tribeca
2008 Subaru Tribeca; photo by Paul Williams. Click image to enlarge


Orillia, Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ohio State Highway Patrol have signed a protocol agreement that will see the two agencies share best practices in traffic safety training, operations, administration and accountability.

“Both agencies are recognized as leaders in traffic safety,” says Julian Fantino, OPP Commissioner, “and by working together, we can have a far greater impact on road safety in North America. It’s critical for us to build relationships with other police agencies on both sides of the border. Through the Provincial Traffic Safety program I introduced in March, the OPP is committed to making a sustainable, long-term commitment to safety on the roads, waterways and trails we are responsible for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is committed to achieving Lifestat 1.0 objectives, a national program similar to Canada’s Road Safety Vision 2010, which has a target of reducing traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 30 per cent across Canada over the next three years.

The OPP Golden Helmets precision motorcycle team was in Columbus for the week, training members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which reintroduced its motorcycle highway patrol unit last year, and the Georgia State Highway Patrol, which recently introduced a new motorcycle patrol unit.

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