If an Ohio bill advocated by the governor is approved, truck drivers could soon feel as though they are being lumped together with drug traffickers.
Sponsored by Sen. Jim Hughes, R-Columbus, a bill targets hidden compartments in vehicles, including large trucks and trailers. The legislation is part of an anti-drug trafficking effort outlined by Gov. John Kasich.
Vehicles found to include hidden compartments, with or without drugs, could result in severe consequences for the person behind the wheel, and the owner. Offenders could face up to 18 months in jail and $5,000 fines.
During a news conference in Columbus, Kasich said that Ohio is a major artery for drug trafficking. As a result, changes are needed in how the state addresses the issue.