In an effort to ensure the safety of motorists during the Fourth of July holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is set to increase its presence and crack down on impaired drivers. The targeted enforcement period will commence at 12 a.m. on Monday, July 3, and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4.
This stringent zero-tolerance policy aligns with the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which aims to remove impaired drivers from roadways across the country. Given that many Fourth of July celebrations involve alcohol, the risk of impaired driving is heightened. Thus, the Patrol urges all motorists to fasten their seat belts, exercise caution, and comply with all traffic regulations.
“Ohio has some of the country’s best Fourth of July celebrations, and we want to ensure that these gatherings remain safe for everyone,” emphasized Governor Mike DeWine.
Statistics from the previous year’s Fourth of July reporting period, spanning from July 1 through 4, underscore the urgency of such measures. A total of 16 fatal crashes resulted in the loss of 16 lives during this period. Among these incidents, 11 crashes and 11 fatalities were linked to alcohol and/or drugs. Moreover, out of the seven fatalities where safety belts were available, five individuals were not wearing them. Tragically, there were also seven motorcyclists and two pedestrians who lost their lives during this timeframe.
“Too often, our troopers witness the tragic consequences of holiday celebrations,” noted Colonel Charles A. Jones, the Patrol superintendent. “Operating a vehicle while impaired puts the lives of everyone on our roadways at risk.”
Additionally, the Patrol made 447 arrests for operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) during the corresponding reporting period.
Motorists are strongly encouraged to dial #677 to report impaired drivers, drug-related activities, or to provide assistance to stranded motorists.