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Patrol focused on impaired driving arrests in 2013

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MARYSVILLE — Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol recently have had an increased focus on impaired driving enforcement, and statistics show that these efforts are paying off.

In 2012, the patrol’s arrests for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs increased three percent and OVI-related crashes decreased by 14 percent.

Throughout 2012, troopers made 24,520 OVI arrests statewide, including 378 arrests that were made by the Marysville Post.

Of the total arrests, nearly one in four — 23 percent — included a speed violation and 17 percent included a violation for driving without a valid driver’s license.

In addition, there were 12,168 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 431 people and injuring 7,299. Impaired drivers were responsible for 40 percent of the fatal crashes in 2012.

“We can’t fight the battle against impaired driving on our own — we need your commitment to make our roads safe,” Marysville Post Commander Lt. Ron Raines said in a release.

“You can contribute to a safer Ohio by actively influencing friends and family to make safe, responsible decisions, like planning ahead to designate a driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.”

The public is encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.

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