Patrol warns against impaired driving


Motorists asked to report suspected drunk driving

Troopers from the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol asks motorists to help identify impaired motorists through the holiday season.

The public is encouraged to dial 677 to be put in contact with the nearest law enforcement agency to report impaired drivers and drug activity.

Between midnight on Christmas Eve and 11:59 p.m. Christmas night, seven people were killed in six fatal crashes, according to information supplied by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Two of those fatalities were attributed to impaired driving.

As New Year’s Day approaches, troopers ask motorists to help bring a safe end to 2013 by not driving impaired and by ensuring everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.

Last year in Ohio, seven people died in drunk driving-related crashes between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  

“We are seeing positive results from the hard work of our troopers on the road every day removing impaired and dangerous drivers from the roadways,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, patrol superintendent.

“We need everyone’s help during the next week to ensure a safe end to 2013.”

So far this year, troopers have arrested more than 23,000 motorists for impaired driving, according to the patrol.