COLUMBUS –The State Highway Patrol will be out in force this Memorial Day weekend to remove impaired drivers from Ohio's roadways.
State 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.
Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent, said “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 more than 12,000 lives nationwide in 2012.
Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.