Yesterday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued a press release stating that it "will be out in full force this holiday season removing dangerous and impaired drivers in an effort to reach historic lows in the number of people killed on Ohio's roadways in 2011." According to the press release, traffic fatalities increased to 1,080 over the record low of 1,022 recorded in 2009.
The OSHP took the opportunity to remind motorists the holiday season can be one of the most dangerous driving times of the year due to an increase in impaired driving, stating that during last year's holiday reporting period 14 people lost their lives on Ohio's roadways, with four deaths being alcohol-related.
Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent said, "The holidays can be one of the most dangerous times of the year due to an increase in impaired driving. Last year during the holiday weekend, troopers arrested 226 drivers for impaired driving."
The Attorneys from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder wish you a safe and happy holiday and recommend that you designate a driver if you plan on drinking over the weekend. However, if you have been charged with DUI/OVI or want more information, contact the attorneys at DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder today.