Where and when OSP writes the most tickets

2 NEWS Investigates OSP tickets. (WDTN Photo)
2 NEWS Investigates OSP tickets. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Every time you get a speeding ticket from an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper data is collected; your race, gender, age, home state and where you were pulled over.  It’s all information used to track driver behavior and ultimately keep you safer on the roads. We went through a whole year’s worth of data and what we found may make you think twice the next time you’re driving on the highway.

2 NEWS Investigates uncovered the top places you’re most likely to be pulled over speeding.

On Interstate 75 the data show many drivers are ticketed around Exit 50, or Dryden Road, in Moraine.

The top ticket spot on Interstate 70 in the Miami Valley is around South Vienna just past Springfield in Clark County.

On U.S. Route 35, the biggest ticketed area was near Jackson Township in Preble County.

“Do they sit there because they are looking for people to slow down so it’s safer or are they just looking for people to pick up? I don’t know,” said Driver, Lisa Jones.

We asked OSP if drivers will always encounter these “hot spots” where drivers will encounter more patrol officers.

“I think so and sometimes by design. If we have an area where we are seeing a high number of OVI related crashes, you better believe we will deploy extra resources to that area to try and change driver behavior and intercept those dangerous drivers to get them off the road,” said Lt. Anne Ralston with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Our investigation shows you better be extra careful on the roads right now. The Ohio State Highway Patrol writes more tickets in May than any other month in the year.

Top Months for Tickets

  1. May
  2. July
  3. September
  4. August
  5. November
  6. March
  7. June
  8. February
  9. April
  10. October
  11. January
  12. December

“That will be the kick-off to summer it will be some really busy months really from May throughout the rest of the year,” said Lt. Ralston.

Lt. Ralston says more people are driving and OSP has extra enforcement efforts for their “Click it or Tick it” campaign and Memorial Day weekend.

The data shows the busiest day for troopers to ticket drivers is the 4th of July, followed by Memorial and Labor Day Weekends.

But some drivers are more likely to get a ticket then others according to the data.

Throughout the whole state the data show it’s white males that are speeding more and getting caught.

Lt. Anne Ralston says that makes sense.

“Actually males are more likely to be involved in a traffic crash than females. I think the crash data statewide reflects that as well,” Ralston said.

The age of the person most likely to be pulled over is 24-28 years old.

Lt. Ralston assures that’s not on purpose.

“We do our enforcement regardless and most often times can’t even see who the driver is or what the race or gender is. We make that decision, make that traffic stop, prior to even being able to tell,” said Ralston.

Which states’ drivers get the most tickets?

Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol database of all tickets issued in 2012; analysis by WDTN.

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