ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Monday September 4, 2017 is a day to remember labor movement and the economic achievements of American workers. However, the weekend before is used to celebrate the final summer holiday.
Ohio State Highway Patrol will have extra officers out watching for impaired drivers. Zanesville Post Commander Lieutenant Matt Boyd said Ohio had 15 fatal crashes last year, 26% of those crashes were alcohol related, and 33% weren’t wearing seat belts.
“Locally we arrested eight impaired drivers over the holiday weekend last year, but we wrote 140 seat belt citations,” Lt. Boyd said. “That’s a secondary offence, so that’s not just us seeing people not wearing their seat belts and stopping them. So that’s a whole lot of people not wearing their seat belt that obviously should be.”
Ohio state Highway patrol will have additional people on the roadways between 12:00 A.M. on Friday September 1, 2017 until Monday September 4, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. Lt. Boyd has asked travelers to stay alert and sober while driving.
“In asking that people drive safe, we also ask that they report people that they see not driving safely,” said Lt. Boyd. “You know if you see someone driving very aggressively, someone they believe to be an impaired driver. They can call 911 to get a local agency or if they call #677 that will ring into the local patrol post where ever they’re at.”
Once a vehicle is reported the Ohio State Highway Patrol closest to that area will dispatch a trooper to that area.