COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) – Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force this holiday weekend targeting impaired drivers.
During last year’s four-day Labor Day weekend, 14 people were killed on Ohio roadways, seven involved an impaired driver.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 9,967 people killed in drunk-driving crashes nationwide, making up nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities that year.
“The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force this holiday weekend,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “You may think you aren’t drunk, but law enforcement will know you are. Law enforcement officers’ skills in detecting and identifying drunk drivers have never been better.”
The 2016 Labor Day weekend reporting period begins Friday, September 2 at 12 a.m. and ends Monday, September 5 at 11:59 p.m.
The Boardman Police Department is in partnership with state and local law enforcement and highway safety officials who are taking part in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign.