State Highway Patrol focused on impaired driving arrests

FREMONT — As part of the State Highway Patrol’s ongoing effort to make roadways safe, state troopers continue to focus on impaired driving this month and throughout the holiday season, a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol states.

Gov. Mike DeWine is quoted in the release, saying, “Please don’t make a poor decision that could put your life and the lives of others at risk.

“You can make Ohio safer by actively influencing friends and family to act safely and responsibly behind the wheel.”

The release states that there were 13,353 OVI-related crashes in Ohio in 2018. It also states that 402 people were killed in these crashes and another 7,884 were injured.

These OVI-related crashes accounted for 37% of all fatal crashes in Ohio in 2018, it states.

State troopers removed more than 26,600 impaired drivers from Ohio roadways in 2018, it states.

Fremont post of State Highway Patrol Commander Lt. Brent Meredith is also quoted in the release, saying, “We need motorists to commit to keeping our roads safe by planning ahead, designating a sober driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.”

Fremont post of State Highway Patrol troopers alone removed 340 impaired drivers from local roadways in 2018, the release states.

To report reckless or impaired drivers, call #677.