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Mary Alice Reporting:

The State Highway Patrol is encouraging safe driving over the New Year holiday.

At midnight on Friday, the Ohio Patrol began their holiday reporting, which will end on Tuesday, January 1st at midnight.

New Philadelphia Post Sgt. Robert Simone asks anyone out celebrating with friends or family to take extra safety precautions.

“Especially if they’ve consumed any alcohol, we really encourage them to designate a sober driver. It’s much safer that way not only for themselves but for other motorists on the roadway.”

During the 2017 reporting period, statewide, five crashes killed six people with two crashes and two fatalities related to driving under the influence.

He adds for any party hosts, to take the necessary responsible steps to ensure guests are not driving while impaired.

“Please take notice of the people that are there. They’re obviously people that you care about otherwise you wouldn’t have them in your house to begin with. So, if you see someone that may have had too much to drink, please offer them a room, a couch, or find them a sober ride to get home and don’t let them get behind the wheel.”

Any suspicious activity out on the roadway can be reported to the Ohio State Highway Patrol by dialing #677.

To date this year, across Ohio, there have been just over 1,000 fatalities, a decrease of 10% over the same time in 2017.

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