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  For Immediate Release: September 1, 2016
Contact: Sergeant Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792


Don’t drive impaired this Labor Day weekend

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to not get behind the wheel impaired this Labor Day weekend. Troopers will be out in full force removing impaired drivers from Ohio’s roadways, and if you are driving impaired, you will be arrested. Do your part in keeping the roadway safe. Remember to designate a sober driver if you plan to consume alcohol.

During last year’s four-day holiday reporting period, September 4 through September 7, 14 people lost their lives on Ohio’s roadways. That includes seven involving an impaired driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 9,967 people killed in drunk-driving crashes nationwide, making up nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities that year.

“The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force this holiday weekend,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “You may think you aren’t drunk, but law enforcement will know you are. Law enforcement officers’ skills in detecting and identifying drunk drivers have never been better.”

The 2016 Labor Day weekend reporting period begins Friday, September 2 at 12 a.m. and ends Monday, September 5 at 11:59 pm. OSHP will be reporting statewide, provisional fatalities each morning on Facebook, Twitter and statepatrol.ohio.gov.

Motorists are encouraged to continue using #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity.

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