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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.

State Troopers To Engage In Operation Care For Memorial Day Week

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(OSP) – Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers will participate in Operation CARE’s All-American Buckle Up Mobilization which runs from May 23 through 30.

The Patrol is partnering with other law enforcement agencies from Ohio and across the nation for the initiative. Operation CARE is a multijurisdictional program of patrol, enforcement and planning activities with the goal of reducing crashes.

“Driving safely is something that all motorists can do to keep each other safe,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “Driving sober and wearing your safety belt are crucial to making sure that you and other motorists get to your destinations safely.”

The CARE campaign is used to help law enforcement educate drivers on the dangers of driving impaired, without a safety belt and distracted.

This effort coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click It or Ticket campaign, as well as the 6-State Trooper Project, which also focuses on the use of safety belts. This high-visibility effort includes the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, West Virginia State Police and the Patrol. The initiative will also begin May 23 and will continue through May 30.