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For Immediate Release: May 23, 2013
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792


Patrol reminds drivers to not get behind the wheel impaired this Memorial Day weekend


Columbus – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to not get behind the wheel impaired this Memorial Day weekend. Troopers will be working alongside local law enforcement officers in an effort to have a weekend free of impaired-fatal crashes.

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a dangerous holiday period on Ohio roads, particularly for impaired driving crashes. Last Memorial Day holiday, seven of the 13 people killed on Ohio roadways were involved in alcohol-related crashes.

“Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – in the United States, there is just one OVI arrest for every 27,000 miles driven while drunk. These impaired drivers severely threaten the well-being of every citizen in the state,” Colonel John Born, superintendent of the Patrol, said. “Fatalities caused by impaired drivers are indeed a national tragedy - and that makes them a potential tragedy for each of us.”

Motorists should also be reminded that wearing a safety belt is the single most effective tool in reducing injuries and deaths in crashes caused by impaired drivers. This message is part of the national Click It or Ticket safety belt mobilization, which runs through June 2.

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


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