<p>Michele Spring Reporting:

(Thursday, December 13, 2018) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – The Ohio State Highway Patrol remains committed to monitoring and removing impaired drivers from the roadways before tragedy strikes.

Lt. Mark Glennon of the New Philadelphia Post said during the first ten months of 2018, Ohio State Troopers made over 22,000 arrests for impaired driving. Glennon noted that Christmas Eve is one of the biggest nights for OVI arrests.

“We’re going to be out working the roads looking for the impaired drivers, the distracted drivers. If you are going to go to a Christmas party, plan ahead. If you are going to consume any alcohol, get a driver that can get you there and back home, and be safe.”

In 2017, Glennon said over 14,000 OVI-related crashes killed 405 people and injured over 8,000. So far this year, the New Philadelphia Post has removed almost 400 impaired drivers from the roadways.

“If you are traveling and you see somebody that you think is having problems driving, whether it’s a distracted driver or an impaired driver or just someone that you feel isn’t driving well, contact your local law enforcement. But also make sure you’re doing it in a safe way also. But if you see something, say something.”

Glennon encourages the local public to call #677 to report impaired drivers, distracted drivers, or drug activity.

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