LIMA — Law enforcement agencies in Allen County will be out in full force looking for, and cracking down on, impaired drivers this holiday season, from now until Jan. 2.
According to a press release from the Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition, the financial costs of an impaired driving arrest is high.
“An arrest for operating a vehicle impaired will cost you court costs and fines, attorney’s fees, loss of vehicle and impound fees, reinstatement fees for driver’s license and vehicle registration plates, loss of work time due to court appearances, and possible jail time as well as higher insurance rates,” said coalition spokeswoman Evelyn Smith.
Over the past decade, 100 people died in tragic crashes in Allen County. During 2018 alone, 12 people died as a result of nine traffic crashes. So far in 2019, nine people have died in seven crashes. This holiday season, families all across Allen County will be mourning the loss of a loved one to a traffic crash, Smith said.
The underlying reasons for many of these deaths, according to law enforcement officials, include impaired driving, distracted driving and failure to use seat belts. Local law enforcement officials want to stop this unnecessary loss of life.
“If we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you,” said Lt. Timothy Grigsby, commander of the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “No exceptions. No excuses. We will be out in force to get impaired drivers off the road. If you plan to go out drinking, always designate a non-drinking driver or find a different way home.”