Ohio State Highway Patrol will have intense presence during Jamboree In The Hills

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Oh (WTRF) - Ohio State Highway Patrol officials recall everything from freak accidents to tragedies on the roadways during Jamboree In The Hills.

This year they'll be bringing in extra troopers from the entire Cambridge District, and they'll have zero tolerance for dangerous behavior.

They recall one man who left the Jamboree several years ago.

"And he went down Lady Bend Hill and went off the road and into a pond and subsequently drowned," said Lt. James Faunda, post commander.

And there are often pickup trucks with passengers jammed in the back.

"We had an incident two years ago where a pickup was coming out of Jamboree and turning onto U.S 40," Faunda recalled. "And two of the occupants fell out of the back of the pickup truck and landed in the roadway."

They will look for aggressive, drunk or drugged drivers and also drunk or drugged pedestrians.

"They consume alcoholic beverages and then try to walk back to their car, often stumbling in the roadway," he noted.

They say when you add 80,000 to 100,000 people into the mix, incidents will increase.

But so will arrests.

Troopers will be everywhere, and the public has some thoughts about that.

"I think it's a good thing for that to be happening," said Mark Perrelli of Bridgeport. "I don't think it's safe for anybody to be out on the streets if they're impaired."

Some people, like Sandra Triplett of Flushing, are relieved. 

"I mean if our kids were in a car and hit by a drunk driver, that would be terrible," said Triplett. "Anybody's kids. So I think it's a wonderful idea."

They say during the Jamboree, there will be 15 to 20 troopers on the roads around the clock.


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