Ohio State Highway Patrol Announces Christmas Enforcement Initiative
On Friday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued a press release announcing their annual Christmas enforcement initiative. This year they have stuck with the familiar “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” theme. I expect that the effort will be accompanied by a full media blitz including radio and television commercials. Below is the full text of the press release.
Patrol to target impaired drivers this Holiday Season
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force this holiday season removing dangerous and impaired drivers in an effort to reduce fatal and injury crashes. Last year in Ohio, eight people died in OVI-related crashes between Christmas and New Year’s.
“The holidays can be one of the most dangerous times of the year due to an increase in impaired driving,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. “Drivers need to designate a sober driver, buckle-up and keep their focus on the road to ensure that everyone celebrates the holidays safely.”
Last year the Patrol arrested 291 drivers for OVI during the Christmas holiday reporting period.
The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity.
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