Extra patrols for holiday weekend

Extra patrols for holiday weekend

CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Drive Sober or Get Pulled over- that’s the message this holiday weekend from law enforcement across the country.

Between now and Memorial Day extra officers will be patrolling the roads.

State troopers and local law enforcement will be joining forces in an effort to keep the roads safe this through the Memorial Day weekend.

Officers will be at two checkpoints in Mahoning County Saturday and Sunday checking for drivers under the influence of drugs and or alcohol.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging those who plan to head out this weekend and have a few drinks, to designate a sober driver and always wear your seat belt.

Troopers will have a zero tolerance policy at checkpoints for drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts.

During the 2014 Memorial Day holiday, troopers made 763 OVI arrests. During that extended weekend, 13 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, of which 54 percent were OVI related.

To help prevent these tragedies, all drivers are asked to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

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