CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol and other local police agencies will be out in full force for the New Year’s holiday.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that, in comparison to other holidays, 42 percent more traffic deaths that occur over the New Year’s holiday are due to drunk driving.
Sergeant Melanie Appleman of The State Highway Patrol says in Ohio DUI arrests are higher during the holiday season.
“Last year we had 648 people in the state of Ohio arrested for driving under the influence, and that was state wide. And that was from the Christmas Eve up until the New Year’s Eve report.”
The State Highway Patrol will be working overtime targeting drunk and impaired drivers, but Appleman says the best way to ensure your safety is to plan ahead.
“What we’re recommending people do, get a sober driver, you know get a friend, make arrangements ahead of time. Don’t wait until you get to your friend’s house or get to a bar and then, ‘Oh no what am I going to do.’ Call ahead, plan ahead. I mean everyone knows it’s New Year’s and drinking goes hand in hand with New Year’s,” stated Appleman.
Appleman says making arrangements ahead of time, wearing your seat belt and not texting while driving are all things that could potentially save your life this New Year’s Eve.