|Patrol continues focus on impaired driving arrests in 2014|
|Tuesday, March 04, 2014 9:24 PM|
LIMA – As part of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s ongoing effort to contribute to a safer Ohio, troopers are continuing their increased focus on impaired-driving enforcement – and these efforts are paying off.
For the second year in a row, troopers issued more than 24,000 citations for OVI.
OVI-related crashes accounted for 33 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio. This is down from an average of 43 percent from the 2010–12 time periods.
There were 11,226 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 330 and injuring 6,843. Speed was a contributing factor in 60 percent of all OVI-related crashes. Franklin, Hamilton and Cuyahoga counties accounted for nearly one-in-four OVI-related crashes in 2013. Franklin County has led the state in OVI-related crashes for the last five years.
“We can’t fight the battle against impaired driving on our own – we need your commitment to make our roads safe,” said Lt. Brant Zemelka. “You can contribute to a safer Ohio by actively influencing friends and family to make safe, responsible decisions - like planning ahead to designate a driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.”
Last year, state troopers from the Lima Post, arrested 412 impaired drivers in this area.
The public is encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.
To view a copy of the entire statistical recap, visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/OVI_Bulletin_2014.pdf.