The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging drivers to be safe this Labor Day weekend.
The Highway Patrol says troopers will be focusing their enforcement efforts on removing impaired drivers from Ohio’s roadways.
“Motorists can do their part in keeping the roadways safe by never driving impaired and always designating a sober driver,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.
“Protect yourself, your passengers, and others on the road by making smart choices and planning a safe ride home.”
During the 2020 Labor Day holiday weekend, 15 people were killed in 13 fatal crashes.
Ten of those fatalities involved alcohol and/or drugs, while six fatalities were unbelted. Troopers also made 545 impaired driving arrests during last year’s holiday weekend.
“When someone chooses to drive impaired, the consequences can be deadly,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent.
“Help make everyone’s holiday weekend safe by designating a sober ride home and asking friends and family to do the same.”
The 2021 Labor Day weekend reporting period begins Friday, September 3rd at 12 a.m. and ends Monday, September 6th at 11:59 p.m.
Motorists are encouraged to dial #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity to the Highway Patrol.
During last year's Labor Day holiday period, 15 people were killed in 13 crashes across the state. Of those, eight crashes and 10 fatalities involved alcohol and/or drugs. pic.twitter.com/bqwjFg3rmD
— Ohio State Highway Patrol (@OSHP) September 2, 2021