Mary Alice Reporting – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is working to spread the word of the dangers that comes when driving impaired.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement started this week and runs until September 2nd and focuses on someone’s ability being impaired due to something they have taken.

New Philadelphia Post Lt. Mark Glennon says that his post is on trend for local OVI enforcements that averages out to one impaired arrest per day.

“We’ve made over 200 OVI arrests this year for impaired driving. That includes both alcohol and/or anything with drug impaired. Out of those, 68 were drug impaired.”

Statewide, there were over 13,000 OVI-related crashes in 2018 that resulted in 402 deaths and almost 8,000 injuries. Of these crashes, 54% of at-fault drivers were ages between 21 and 39.

Glennon notes that raising awareness is important to promote other options than getting behind the wheel when cognitive function is compromised.

“Prior to us meeting them on the roadway and being arrested, they can make the decision before getting in the car [to] find a ride, stay where they’re at, or do something to where they’re not behind the wheel operating a vehicle while they’re impaired.”

Motorists are asked to dial #677 to report impaired driving or other suspicious behavior to the Patrol.

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