Police warn against impaired driving

Ohio’s roadways are safer this year because of the diligence of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement officers, but the holiday period that spans from the day before Thanksgiving to Jan. 2, is typically when officers see the most crashes as a result of individuals operating vehicles while impaired.

According to statistics from the patrol, a total of 6,077 OVI, or operating a vehicle while impaired, crashes occurred during the combined 2005 to 2007 holiday seasons, including 104 fatal crashes and 2,430 injury crashes.

“With these sobering statistics in mind, Ohio state troopers will be vigilant in searching for and apprehending impaired drivers through the balance of the holiday season,” said Lt. Tony Bradshaw.