Troopers ask for OVI diligence

As part of the State Highway Patrol’s efforts to contribute to a safer Ohio, troopers are continuing their increased focus on impaired driving enforcement.

According to a release from the State Highway Patrol, troopers issued more than 24,000 citations for OVI in 2013. In Seneca and Sandusky counties, 375 impaired drivers were arrested by troopers from the

Fremont post in that period, the release states.

“We can’t fight the battle against impaired driving on our own. We need your commitment to make our roads safe,” said Lt. Matthew Meredith in the release. “You can contribute to a safer Ohio by actively influencing friends and family to make safe, responsible decisions – like planning ahead to designate a driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.”

According to the release, OVI-related crashes accounted for 33 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio last year.

In the 2010-12 period, 43 percent of fatal crashes were OVI-related. In 2013, a total of 11,226 OVI-related crashes were reported, killing 330 and injuring 6,843. Speed was a contributing factor in 60 percent of all OVI-related crashes.

Call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists, the release states.