COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols over the Labor Day weekend, according to a release from the patrol.
This is a continued effort that began Aug. 17 when state troopers and thousands of law enforcement officers in communities throughout Ohio joined forces for a combined impaired driving enforcement effort as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown.
This enforcement initiative will last through Labor Day.
So far this year, troopers have arrested 15,960 impaired drivers - nearly 900 more than during the same time period last year, the release states.
Throughout the 2011 Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday), 15 people were killed on Ohio roadways, including five deaths that were alcohol-related. During this same time period troopers arrested 693 drivers for OVI.
As a way to keep others safe, the patrol encourages the public to continue using #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.