LIMA – As part of the Patrol’s ongoing efforts to make Ohio roadways safe, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers continue to focus on impaired driving this month and throughout the holiday season.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in a prepared statement said that making the decision to drive while impaired “can have lasting, devastating impacts.” For that reason troopers will be out in full force to intercept drivers who choose to risk their own lives and the lives of others by driving under the influence, the governor said.
Since 2016 there have been 80,023 impaired driving related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 3,007 people and injuring 48,683 others, a patrol press release stated. During that same period troopers removed more than 135,000 impaired drivers from Ohio roadways. Statistics show OVI-related crashes have accounted for 44 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio in the last five years.
“Having to tell a family that their loved one is not coming home is one of the hardest parts of our job at any time of the year, especially the holidays,” said Lt. Alec Coil, commander of the Lima patrol post. “Planning ahead, making responsible decisions and driving sober are examples of how we can make this a safe holiday season.”
Last year troopers from the Lima post removed 240 impaired drivers from our roadways. The public is urged to call #677 to report reckless or impaired drivers and drug activity, Coil said.