Troopers on the lookout for impaired drivers during the holidays

Staff report -

BUCYRUS — As part of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s efforts to make Ohio roads safe, troopers will continue to focus on impaired driving this month and throughout the holiday season.

“Please don’t make a poor decision that could put your life and the lives of others at risk,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “You can make Ohio safer by actively influencing friends and family to act safely and responsibly behind the wheel.”

In 2018, there were 13,353 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 402 people and injuring 7,884 others. During that same period, troopers removed more than 26,600 impaired drivers from Ohio roadways. OVI-related crashes accounted for 37 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio in 2018.

“We need motorists to commit to keeping our roads safe by planning ahead, designating a sober driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up,” said Lt. Scott Rike of the Bucyrus Post.

Last year, troopers from the Bucyrus Post removed 176 impaired drivers from area roads.

Call #677 to report reckless or impaired drivers and drug activity.

Staff report