Patrol continues focus on impaired driving arrests

LIMA — As part of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s ongoing effort to make Ohio roadways safe, troopers continue to focus on impaired driving this month and throughout the holiday season.

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. Tim Grigsby, commander of the Lima patrol post.

Last year, troopers from the Lima post removed 533 impaired drivers from area roadways.

The public is asked to call #677 to report reckless or impaired drivers and drug activity, said Grigsby.

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