Highway Patrol Troopers: Don’t Press your Luck this St. Patrick’s Day
March 15, 2016 - 12:20 PM
COLUMBUS – Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) are
urging drivers to designate a sober driver before celebrating St.
Patrick’s Day, a holiday that often involves high consumption of
alcohol. OSHP will work with local law enforcement to remove impaired
drivers as part of the National Highway Safety Administration’s Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night to celebrate with
friends and family. However, due to impaired drivers, it has also
become a very dangerous night on Ohio’s roadways. A total of 276 people
died due to drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day from 2009-2013,
according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“We want to encourage all motorists to make a plan for a sober ride
home before you start celebrating,” said Paul A. Pride, Patrol
superintendent. “Between your friends, public transportation and
ride-sharing services, there’s no excuse to get behind the wheel if
you’ve been drinking.”
For bars and permit holders, over-serving or serving underage
customers could also mean costly fines, suspension or revocation of
their liquor permit. The Ohio Investigative Unit and other safety
partners have been working to educate motorists and permit holders of
these consequences in advance reminding people of the dangers of
driving impaired, and that over-serving is against the law.
Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report drug activity or impaired drivers.
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