In an ongoing effort to make roadways in Ohio safer, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is focusing on impaired driving enforcement.

Troopers made more than 10,000 arrests for impaired driving from January through May 2019. The arrests resulted in 22 fewer OVI-related fatal crashes, according to the Patrol.

In 2018, 13,364 OVI-related crashes on roadways in Ohio killed 402 people and injured 7,811. More than 26,000 impaired drivers were removed from Ohio roadways by troopers during the same time period.

Troopers from the the Chillicothe Ohio State Highway Patrol Post have removed 131 impaired drivers from the roadways so far this year, the Patrol reported.

“We can’t fight the battle against impaired driving on our own — we need your commitment to make our roads safe,” said Lieutenant Tim Karwatske, of the Chillicothe Post. “Everyone can help make our roads safer by planning ahead, designating a sober driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.”

The Patrol encourages the public to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded vehicles by calling #677.

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