Patrol Prepares For Labor Day

by Kelly Choate on August 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

We’re approaching one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, and the State Highway Patrol is asking drivers to stay safe.

Lieutenant Steven Rine said last year the patrol reported 15 fatalities during Labor Day weekend.  He said five of those deaths were related to alcohol.

"As of today we have 15,690 OVI arrests, so that’s 900 more than what we had last year in 2011," said Rine.  "During this timeframe, with the "Drive Sober Or Be Pulled Over" campaign, we’re going to be looking for the impaired driver along with speed related and your regular traffic offenses."

Rine said drivers can expect to see more troopers on the highways over the holiday.  The patrol tries to balance command presence and overtime wages.

"We want to get the most for our resources," said Rine.  "The reason we are doing all this is to be sure that we can at least keep traffic fatalities down."

According to the AAA Auto Club, more than 33 million Americans, including about 1.3 million Ohioans, are expected to hit the road this weekend.