State Patrol: OVI arrests increased in 2012

1:33 PM, Mar 6, 2013   |    comments
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There were 14 percent fewer OVI-related crashes in 2012 throughout Ohio, while OVI arrests climbed three percent.

Those figures were released Wednesday by the Ohio Highway Patrol, stating they have increased efforts watching for impaired driving.

Throughout 2012, troopers made 24,520 OVI arrests statewide. Of these, nearly one in four -- 23 percent -- included a speed violation and 17 percent included a violation for driving without a valid driver license.

In addition, the Highway Patrol says there were 12,168 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 431 and injuring 7,299. Impaired drivers were responsible for 40 percent of the fatal crashes in 2012.

"We can't fight the battle against impaired driving on our own," Lt. Antonio Matos says. "We need your commitment to make our roads safe. You can contribute to a safer Ohio by actively influencing friends and family to make safe, responsible decisions -- like planning ahead to designate a driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up."

Last year, state troopers from the Cuyahoga County Metro Post, arrested 777 impaired drivers in this area.

The public is encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.

To view a copy of the entire statistical recap, visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/OVI_Bulletin_2013.pdf

WKYC-TV

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