Impaired drivers will be targeted this holiday season

By J Swygart -

LIMA – Law enforcement agencies in Allen County will be out in full force from now until Jan. 2, looking for — and cracking down on — impaired drivers this holiday season.

According to Evelyn Smith of the Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition, the financial cost of an impaired driving arrest is high, with fines, court costs, attorney fees, reinstatement fees, loss of work, possible jail time and higher insurance rates.

“Those costs, however, do not compare with the loss of a loved one killed in a traffic crash,” Smith said in a prepared statement. “The costs to families all across Allen County will be sorely felt this holiday season. Over the past decade, 93 people died in tragic crashes in Allen County.

During 2017 alone, 11 people died as a result of a traffic crash, and a dozen persons have died on county roadways so far in 2018.

According to Lt. Timothy Grigsby, commander at the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, “If we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions. No excuses. We will be out in force to get impaired drivers off the road. We want everyone to play it safe. If you plan to go out drinking — always designate a non-drinking driver or find a different way home.”

By J Swygart

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