Ohio Troopers Crack Down on Drunk Drivers

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Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are working hard to keep drivers safe as they travel to their holiday destinations.

Federal overtime means more units will be patrolling the roads over the next two weekends.

In addition to more troopers, drug sniffing canines will be working with units to detect drivers under the influence.

This year-long effort to ensure safe travel has produced some astonishing numbers.

Impaired drivers were responsible for %40 of fatal crashes last year, but that number is down 5%.

OVI arrests are up from last year at 1,383 arrests through December 11, 2011.

Last year in Ohio, 39 people died in alcohol-related crashes between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

"We're on the doorstep of a record year as far as lowest amount of alcohol related fatals in years. So we're really making a strong push last part of the year to make as many arrests as we can to try to save as many lives as we can," says Sergeant Garic Warner.

And while troopers are doing all they can to keep drivers safe there is something you can do. Buckle up.

Troopers encourage all drivers to call the hot-line 1-800-GRAB-DUI or 1-877-7-PATROL if something sticks out to you as not normal.

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