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State Patrol urges sober driving and seat belt use over the holidays

Colonel PrideWith the upcoming New Year’s Holiday, the State Highway Patrol is asking us to help bring a safe end to 2013 by not driving impaired and ensuring everyone in our vehicle is buckled-up. Last year in Ohio, seven people died in OVI-related crashes between Christmas and New Year’s.

During this year’s two-day Christmas Holiday reporting period of 12:00 a.m. December 24th through 11:59 p.m. on December 25th, seven people were killed in six fatal crashes, with two of the fatal crashes attributed to impaired driving.

“We are seeing positive results from the hard work of our troopers on the road everyday removing impaired and dangerous drivers from the roadways,” said Colonel Paul Pride, patrol superintendent. “We need everyone’s help during the next week to ensure a safe end to 2013.”

Troopers continue to crack down on impaired drivers- so far this year troopers have arrested over 23,000 motorists for impaired driving.

You’re encouraged to continue using #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity.

The State Highway Patrol and many other law enforcement agencies will increase their patrol over the next five days.

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