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For Immediate Release: August 30, 2012
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792


Patrol releases compelling video of impaired wrong-way driver

Reminds drivers to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Labor Day weekend


COLUMBUS- In anticipation of the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol released compelling dash-cam video from an August 28 incident, in which an impaired driver, Joseph J. Kozar, 67, of Amherst, Ohio drove the wrong-way on the Ohio Turnpike striking a Patrol cruiser. Troopers successfully deployed stop sticks and apprehended Kozar without further damage or injury to innocent motorists. Kozar was charged with vehicular assault, OVI, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

“This compelling video demonstrates the enormous danger that impaired drivers cause to innocent motorists,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. “Motorists are reminded that if you plan to drink this holiday weekend, plan ahead and designate a sober driver- if you drive impaired, you will be arrested.”

Throughout last year’s Labor Day reporting period of Friday, September 2 at midnight through Monday, September 5 at 11:59 p.m., 15 people were killed on Ohio roadways, including five deaths that were alcohol-related. During this same time period troopers arrested 693 drivers for OVI.

Troopers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols over the holiday weekend. This is a continued effort that began August 17 when state troopers and thousands of law enforcement officers in communities throughout Ohio joined forces for a combined impaired driving enforcement effort as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown. This enforcement initiative will last through Labor Day.

So far this year, troopers have arrested 15,960 impaired drivers - nearly 900 more than during the same time period last year.

The Patrol encourages the public to continue using #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.


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