Patrol Plans Extra Enforcement this Holiday

by Danielle Cotterman on December 21, 2011 at 5:23 am

The Ohio State Highway Patrol warns they will be out in full force this holiday weekend.

The Patrol is asking motorists to help Ohio achieve a record low in fatalities. Last year beginning at midnight on the day before Christmas eve and running through Midnight Christmas Day, 14 people lost their lives on Ohio roadways, with four deaths being alcohol related.

"Those people who are going to be drinking and out celebrating the New Year and the Christmas holiday take advantage of the free rides, free taxi cab rides, take a designated driver with you everywhere you go and just remember if you get caught it could be expensive, also include jail time and other things," warned Sergeant Clark Felix.

According to the Highway Patrol troopers arrested 226 impaired drivers last year. Sergeant Felix said this year is a higher concern due to the major holidays falling on weekends.

"With New Years being on Saturday this year which is the weekend nobody will be working Sunday, I think you will see some increased traffic, also there will be more people out just because of it being a weekend," said Felix.

The public is encouraged to continue using 1-877-7-PATROL to report dangerous or impaired drivers