With New Year’s approaching the State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to help bring a safe end to 2012 by not driving impaired, buckling-up, and keeping their focus on the road.
Last year in Ohio, eight people died in OVI-related crashes between Christmas and New Year’s.
During this year’s two-day Christmas Holiday reporting period of 12:00 am December 24 through 11:59 pm on December 25, five people were killed in traffic-related crashes with three deaths attributed to impaired driving.
“We are seeing positive results from the hard work of our troopers on the road everyday removing impaired and dangerous drivers from the roadways,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent.
Year-to-date troopers have made an additional 944 more OVI arrests than compared to the same time period last year. Preliminary data shows OVI-related fatal crashes down 18 percent.
The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity.
For a complete statistical recap of the Patrol’s Holiday enforcement visit www.statepatrol.ohio.gov.