State Patrol Increases Presence Over July 4th Holiday

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(OSP Release) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be highly visible and cracking down on impaired drivers during the Fourth of July holiday reporting period, which begins at 12 a.m. on Friday, July 1 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 4.

The Patrol’s zero-tolerance policy is part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Operation CARE enforcement campaigns aimed at removing impaired drivers from the roadways.

Many Fourth of July celebrations involve alcohol, which increases the possibility of impaired driving. Therefore, the Patrol urges motorists to drive carefully and follow all traffic laws.

During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period from July 2 through 5, a total of 21 fatal crashes killed 23 people. Of those, 12 crashes and 12 fatalities involved alcohol and/or drugs. The Patrol recorded 538 OVI arrests during the reporting period.

“The tragedies that follow after driving impaired make lasting impacts on families,” said Governor DeWine. “Make this a safe holiday for everyone by planning a sober ride home.”

“Large gatherings with alcohol consumption increases the possibility of impaired driving,” added Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “Planning ahead and designating a sober driver saves lives.”

Of the 11 fatalities where safety belts were available, six were unbelted. Ten motorcyclists, one bicyclist and a pedestrian were killed during last year’s reporting period.

Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.

Map Released For Best Views of Chillicothe Fireworks

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(Chillicothe) – The 2022 City of Chillicothe, Ohio fireworks will be on the 4th of July at approximately 9:45pm, with the best place to observe the fireworks is from the floodwall in the park. 

Those viewing from the floodwall should NOT place tents or other items that will completely block the blacktop portion of the wall. Blocking the path creates a safety hazard for those trying to walk and hampers emergency personnel from getting through. 

After fireworks are over, traffic will be under the direction of police officers and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. See attached map for details on traffic patterns. There will be NO left turns for N/B traffic on High St. and Yoctangee Parkway. Police Officers on bikes, UTVs and cruisers will be providing security and traffic control.  Please see attached map.

As always, no alcohol is to be consumed in Yoctangee Park. Illegal/prohibited Fireworks are also strictly prohibited as we want everyone to have a safe 4th. We also discourage the public from setting off explosive fireworks in neighborhoods as it disturbs animals and residents alike.

Chillicothe Fire Department has also asked fireworks viewers to stay out of restricted areas, this includes the waterway behind the city park annex, which will be patrolled.  See attached map provided by the FD.  The annex will be closed in the early morning of the 4th to allow setup.  

We remind everyone not to drink and drive, and have a designated driver.  If ride share is available, it should be utilized, along with local Taxi services.

Warning System Testing Planned For DOE Site

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(Piketon) – Audible testing of the Public Warning System (PWS) will be conducted at the Department of Energy’s Portsmouth Site in Pike County on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Testing of the PWS is conducted to ensure the system functions as intended and to familiarize site personnel and the public with the audible warning tones of the sirens. This test will include the actual activation and sounding of the six exterior pole-mounted sirens that surround the DOE site in Piketon. 

A public address announcement will be made over each siren speaker prior to activation of the siren stating, “This is a test.”

In the event of a real emergency, announcements will be made over the plant’s public address and radio systems.

Area Fireworks for Independence Day Celebrations

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If you are looking for Independence Day Celebrations that will be conducting a fireworks show, there are several being held in our area to choose from.

Here is the list of area communities conducting evening fireworks exhibitions:

July 1- Red, White & Boom in Columbus
July 2- Village of Waverly and the Chillicothe Country Club
July 3- Cities of Washington CH and Hillsboro
July 4- City of Chillicothe and Village of Ashville

Most of these shows begin at approximately 9:45pm-10pm.