Patrol continues to focus on impaired driving arrests

LIMA — Ohio State Highway troopers are continuing to focus on impaired driving enforcement — and those efforts are paying off, according to area post commanders.

According to a statement released by the patrol, crashes involving impaired drivers accounted for 34 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio in 2017, a decrease from 2016. In 2017, there were 14,389 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 397 people and injuring 8,803 others. During that same period, troopers removed over 27,000 impaired drivers from Ohio roadways.

Of drivers considered at-fault in OVI-related crashes, 52 percent were between the ages of 21-39 and 71 percent were male. Male drivers were also the recipients of 73 percent of OVI citations written.

“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. Timothy P. Grigsby. “You can help by asking friends and family to do the same.” Last year, troopers from the Lima patrol post arrested 496 impaired drivers in this area. The public is asked to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.