Highway Patrol Sets Sights On Impaired Holiday Drivers


UPDATED: Monday November 19, 2012 12:45 AM

State troopers looking for impaired drivers on Ohio's highways said they won't just be looking for people operating vehicles while under the influence over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Trooper Misty Wallace told 10TV News that driving while sleepy is just as dangerous as driving drunk.

"Driving while sleepy impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle. It inhibits your ability to maintain your lanes. It affects your vision, and it affects your reaction time," Trp. Wallace said.

According to a new AAA study, drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 are most likely to drive while drowsy. The auto club found that one out of every six fatal crashes involves a drowsy driver.

Wallace said the Highway Patrol would be out in full force over the holiday, looking for such impairments. Last year, troopers arrested 489 drivers for driving under the influence during Thanksgiving weekend.

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