Don’t Press Your Luck This St. Patrick’s Day; Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

As St. Patrick’s Day celebrations take place this week throughout the state, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and local law enforcement will work together to remove impaired drivers from the roadways. The effort is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign.

During the last five years, impaired driving accounted for 219 crashes with 128 injuries on St. Patrick’s Day. Of those impaired driving crashes, seven were fatal resulting in 10 deaths. Additionally, the Patrol made 545 OVI arrests on St. Patrick’s Day from 2018 to 2022.

“Before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, designate a sober driver,” said Colonel Charles A. Jones, Patrol superintendent. “The safety of everyone on our roadways is our top priority. We want everyone to get to and from their destination safely.”

In addition to efforts on our roadways, Ohio Investigative Unit agents will work to educate permit holders on the consequences of over-serving. For bars and permit holders, over-serving or serving underage customers could mean costly fines, suspension, or revocation of their liquor permit.

As always, motorists are encouraged to dial #677 to report unsafe or impaired drivers.

1 comment
  1. Jeff Cummins
    Jeff Cummins
    March 18, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you. I am 76 years old and I never a drink alcoholic beverages. I still have a valid Ohio driver’s license and, at age 76, I have never had any traffic ticket. I did, a few years ago, had a Trooper pull me over and wrote me a violation for no seat belt buckled. What does the Ohio Highway Patrol Colonel think about the communist Cuban Homeland Security Chief, born in Havana, Cuba, and keeping the south border open, so the Mexican Drug Cartel can swamp the entire State of Ohio with illegal drugs? My opinion.


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