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Patrol warns against drinking and driving this Fourth of July

OSHP made over 700 OVI stops in 2019

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out on the highways cracking down on impaired drivers during the Fourth of July holiday reporting period, which begins at midnight on Thursday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

And the troopers will be enforcing a zero-tolerance policy as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign against impaired drivers.

“Driving sober and wearing safety belts are essential to ensuring the safety of yourself, your family and others,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. “We encourage drivers to make responsible decisions this holiday and every day.”

“One bad decision can be deadly,” added Col Richard S. Fambro, patrol superintendent. “If you plan to drink, help make everyone’s holiday safe by designating a sober ride home.”

Many Fourth of July celebrations involve alcohol, which increases the possibility of impaired driving.

Therefore, the Patrol urges motorists to drive carefully and follow all traffic laws.

During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period from July 3 through July 7, a total of 16 fatal crashes killed 17 people. Of those, seven crashes and seven fatalities involved alcohol and/or drugs. The Patrol recorded 712 OVI arrests during the reporting period.

Of the eight fatalities where safety belts were available, three were unbelted. Five motorcyclists and four bicyclists were killed during last year’s reporting period.

Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.