Highway Patrol to be out in Full Force During Labor Day Weekend
September 4, 2015 - 3:29 PM
COLUMBUS – Heavier traffic during the Labor Day holiday
results in a greater risk of traffic crashes. To keep Ohio roadways
safe, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) will be out in full force
this weekend looking for dangerous drivers and motorists in need.
Motorists can assist in the effort by driving only when they are
buckled up, sober and focused on the road.
During last year’s four-day holiday reporting period, 12
people lost their lives on Ohio’s roadways, with 7 of those deaths
involving an impaired driver. Nationwide in 2013, 38 percent of crash
fatalities over the Labor Day weekend involved impaired drivers,
according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA). This resulted in 161 lives lost.
“The Ohio State Highway Patrol takes the crime of
impaired driving very seriously,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol
superintendent. “All motorists believe a tragedy will never happen to
them, but nobody is immune. Protect yourself, your passengers and
others on the road by making smart choices and planning a safe ride
As we approach this busy travel holiday, OSHP cannot
overemphasize the need for those smart choices. There have been nearly
20 percent more people killed on Ohio roadways this year compared to
last. We need your help in turning this deadly trend and ensuring a
safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
The 2015 Labor Day weekend reporting period begins
Friday, September 4 at 12 a.m. and ends Monday, September 7 at 11:59 pm.
OSHP will be reporting statewide, provisional fatalities each morning
on Facebook, Twitter and statepatrol.ohio.gov.
Motorists are encouraged to continue using #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity.
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