Troopers See Spike In OVI Arrests


UPDATED: Monday March 10, 2014 11:47 PM

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are increasing patrols after a recent spike in impaired driver arrests.

In the month of March, troopers have arrested 24 people for OVI related offenses. That is an average of two impaired drivers every day.

 "Unacceptable," said Trooper Jacob Landis with the Circleville Post.

"I take great pride in it. Knowing that I've arrested these people and gotten them off the roads, that I've protected people from being hurt or injured," he said.

As part of the Patrol's ongoing effort to contribute to a safer Ohio, troopers say they are continuing their increased focus on impaired driving enforcement.

For the second year in a row, troopers issued more than 24,000 citations for OVI.

Trooper Landis says the weather has a lot to do with the spike in arrests.

"The sun is coming out. Everyone is getting excited to enjoy the day and people want to go out and have a good time," he said.

Last year, state troopers from the Circleville Post arrested 474 impaired drivers.

Investigators encourage concerned drivers to call 911 or #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.

Track how many DUI arrests happen in your county:

http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/statistics/statdocs/crimemaps/2014/14_DUS_Violations_Theme.pdf

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