The State Highway Patrol is happy to announce that a slight increase in drunken driving arrests may have significantly reduced the number of OVI-related crashes in 2012.
According to numbers released yesterday, OVI arrests were up 3 percent in 2012, and OVI-related crashes decreased by 14 percent.
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.
There were 12,168 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 431 people and injuring 7,299. Impaired drivers were responsible for 40 percent of the fatal crashes in 2012.
Lorain County had the second-most OVI arrests of any Ohio county, with 1,146. Franklin County, which includes Columbus, was first with 2,091. Lucas County, which includes Toledo, was third with 1,082.
“We can’t fight the battle against impaired driving on our own — we need your commitment to make our roads safe,” Colonel John Born, patrol superintendent, said in a news release. “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.”
The public is encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.