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For Immediate Release: May 22, 2014
Contact:  Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792


Troopers urge sober driving this Memorial Day

COLUMBUS –The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers this Memorial Day to not get behind the wheel impaired. Troopers and local law enforcement will be joining forces in an effort to keep Ohio roads fatality free this holiday.

Troopers made 705 OVI arrests during the 2013 Memorial Day holiday. During the extended weekend, 18 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes – of which 50 percent were OVI related. The Patrol is urging drivers to #Drive2SaveLives and always drive sober.

“The Patrol wants everyone to get home safely, however the decision to drive while impaired threatens the lives of all citizens,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “Driving impaired is a reckless and preventable act. Planning ahead to designate a sober driver can help ensure these tragedies do not occur.”

In addition, as part of the national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization running through June 1, troopers will have a zero tolerance policy for those not wearing a safety belt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, safety belts saved an estimated 12,174 lives nationwide in 2012.

Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.


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