OSHP committed to getting impaired drivers off roadways
With December being one of the busiest months of the year, Lieutenants Joe Fetty and James Faunda with the Wintersville and St. Clairsville Ohio State Highway Patrol posts, respectively, are committed to getting impaired drivers off the roadways.
In 2017, throughout Ohio, state troopers handled more than 15,000 crashes involving impaired drivers, with 400 people losing their lives.
“So far in 2018, between the (Wintersville) post and the St. Clairsville post, troopers have made almost 700 OVI arrests. That's approaching two per day, which has gone up in recent years," said Faunda.
OSHP continues to see more drivers impaired by prescription pills or narcotics, and its officers will be targeting certain areas as a result.
“We're going to be doing some site-specific enforcement in some areas where we've had some overdoses, and we're going to try to target not only the alcohol impairment, but the drug impairment, as well,” said Fetty.
“Christmas Eve is one of the busiest drinking nights of the year, second only to Thanksgiving Eve. New Year’s, while we're still out in full force, that's the one holiday of the year where people actually listen to our message of using a designated driver,” Faunda added.