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For Immediate Release: March 9, 2012
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792

Patrol focused on impaired driving arrests in 2012
Releases 2011 OVI Statistics

COLUMBUS – As part of the Patrol’s mantra – Trooper Shield – and their ongoing effort to contribute to a safer Ohio, troopers increased their focus on impaired driving enforcement in 2011 and plan to continue this effort in 2012.

Throughout 2011 troopers made 23,708 OVI arrests statewide, an increase of seven percent over 2010 arrests. Of these, more than one in five – 21 percent - included a speed violation; 16 percent included a violation for driving without a valid driver license; and nearly one in eight included a safety belt violation.

In addition, there were 13,799 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 401 and injuring 8,517.

“We can’t fight the battle against impaired driving on our own – We need your commitment to make our roads safe,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. “You can contribute to a safer Ohio by actively influencing friends and family to make safe, responsible decisions - like planning ahead to designate a driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.”

The public is encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.

 

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