- Lauren Pack Staff Writer
Ohio Highway patrol troopers along with other police agencies will be out in force this holiday weekend to keep driver safe.
Troopers will focus enforcement efforts on removing impaired drivers from Ohio’s roadways. Motorists can all have a part in keeping the roadway safe by never driving impaired and designating a sober driver.
During the 2016 Labor Day holiday weekend, there were 15 fatal crashes that killed 15 people in Ohio. Four of those fatalities were OVI related and five fatalities resulted from not using safety belts. Ohio State Highway Patrol also made 749 OVI arrests over last year’s long weekend.
“Removing impaired drivers from our roadways is always a primary focus,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “We take impaired driving seriously and we are dedicated to protecting and serving the motorists on Ohio’s roadways.”
According to AAA, approximately 85 percent of all travelers drive to their destinations in celebration of Labor Day. This can lead to congested roadways. To combat congestion, plan ahead, allow extra time, follow traffic laws, share the road with other motorists and always wear a safety belt.
The 2017 Labor Day weekend reporting period begins at midnight tonight and ends Monday at 11:59 p.m.
Motorists are encouraged to dial #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity to the Patrol.