Patrol continues to focus on impaired driving arrests
MOUNT GILEAD – As part of the Patrol’s continued efforts to make Ohio’s roads safe, Soldiers continue to focus on impaired driving this month and throughout the holiday season.
âMaking the decision to drive impaired can have lasting and devastating effects,â Governor Mike DeWine said. “Because we want everyone to stay safe, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be deployed in force to intercept drivers who choose to risk their lives and the lives of others by driving under the influence.”
Since 2016, there have been 80,023 impaired driving crashes on Ohio’s roads, killing 3,007 people and injuring 48,683 others. During the same period, soldiers removed more than 135,000 impaired drivers from Ohio roads. OVI-related crashes accounted for 44% of all fatalities in Ohio over the past five years.
âHaving to tell a family that their loved one is not coming home is one of the most difficult parts of our job any time of the year, especially the holidays,â said Lt. Gurjit Grewal, commander. from Mount Gilead Post.
âPlanning ahead, making responsible decisions and driving soberly are examples of how we can make this holiday season a safe holiday season. “
Last year, Mount Gilead Post soldiers removed 224 impaired drivers from our roads.
The public is encouraged to dial 677 to report reckless or impaired drivers and drug-related activity. To view a copy of the full statistical summary, visit https://statepatrol.ohio.gov/links/OVI_Bulletin_2021_12.pdf.