September 9th, 2011|
September 9, 2011
Law enforcement in Ohio is lauding the past Labor Day weekend as the safes tin the last five years, in regards to traffic accidents. While the number of accident fatalities was down, WEWS News 5 reported that the number of arrests for operating a vehicle while Impaired (OVI) was up form last year.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety announced earlier in the week that there were only ten fatalities over the long weekend, one less than last year. Also, of the ten deaths, only three were alcohol related, another decrease from last year. Law enforcement is pointing the finger at an increase in patrols as the cause for the lower number of fatalities. Colonel John Born, Superintendent of the state patrol said, “We warned motorists that troopers would be out in full force this holiday weekend, and the statistics show that they were. Fatal numbers continue to decrease, while our enforcement numbers steadily increase.”
In addition to the decrease in fatal crashes, officers also made more arrests of drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Authorities estimated that nearly 700 drivers were arrested over the holiday weekend for OVI, which is a 14 percent increase from last year’s number.
The Ohio Car Accident Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy would like to thank all the drivers of Ohio for making this summer holiday one of the safest in years, and hope that the trend will continue in the future by always using a designated driver when alcohol is involved in activities.