Troopers work to keep roadways safe during holidays

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Highway Patrol remains committed to removing impaired drivers from Ohio’s roads before senseless tragedies occur. During the first 10 months of 2018, troopers made 22,432 arrests for impaired driving resulting in 51 fewer OVI-related fatal crashes.

Impaired driving does not only occur at night. Every hour of every day, troopers are working to keep our roadways safe. In 2017, troopers made more than 27,000 arrests for driving while impaired. More than 10,000 of those arrests occurred between 5 a.m. and midnight.

A video recap of OSHP impaired driving arrests can be seen here or by visiting https://youtu.be/du7ois5xjwk. The video captures troopers removing impaired drivers from the roads during every hour of a 24-hour period from Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2018.

“We are seeing positive results from the hard work of troopers removing impaired drivers from our roadways”, said Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. “Everyone can contribute to a safer Ohio by not driving while impaired and reporting impaired drivers to the Patrol by calling #677.”

In 2017, approximately one-third (34%) of all fatal crashes involved alcohol or drug impaired driving. These statistics remind us why impaired driving continues to deserve our attention. Everyone can do their part to making the roads safer by driving sober. What choice will you make?