Patrol warns against drinking and driving this Fourth of July

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be highly visible and cracking down on impaired drivers during the Fourth of July holiday reporting period, which begins Tuesday, July 3, 2018 and ends Wednesday, July 4. The Patrol’s zero-tolerance policy is part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign aimed at removing impaired drivers from the roadways.

Many Fourth of July celebrations involve alcohol, which increases the possibility of impaired driving. Therefore, the Patrol urges motorists to drive carefully and follow all traffic laws.

During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period from June 30 through July 4, a total of 21 fatal crashes killed 21 people. This includes eight OVI-related fatal crashes that killed eight people. The Patrol recorded 922 OVI arrests during the reporting period.

“This Fourth of July, don’t risk losing your life or taking someone else’s,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “Make this a safe holiday for everyone by planning a sober ride home.”

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