In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is releasing a new and compelling video that illustrates the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The eight-minute video features actual footage from real traffic stops and aims to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. A preview of the video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDE8g7Wy8o0.
Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 10 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways with 30 percent related to impaired driving. Each year, nearly 39 people are killed due to impaired driving between the Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve holidays.
According to AAA, 42.5 million Americans will travel for this holiday weekend and 90 percent will be driving. The patrol is urging motorists to contribute to roadway safety by planning ahead for increased drive time and making safety their first priority.
“We all share the responsibility of contributing to a safe holiday on Ohio roadways by obeying all traffic laws and never driving impaired,” Col. John Born, Patrol superintendent, said. “As a member of the motoring public, you can help save lives by reporting unsafe and aggressive drivers to law enforcement.”
Troopers recommend that motorists contact the Patrol by calling 1-877-7-PATROL (1-877-772-8765) to report dangerous or impaired drivers.
The full video is available on the Patrol’s website, www.statepatrol.ohio.gov, or on the Patrol’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/oshp.