OSHP working overtime on Cinco de Mayo to reduce crashes

<font size="2">During last year's Cinco de Mayo, officials made than 100 OVI arrests during the 24-hour period.</font>

TOLEDO -- As party-goers celebrate Cinco de Mayo, officers are joining other law enforcement agencies to prevent those who drink and drive.

This year the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining with other law enforcement agencies across the state to encourage everyone to plan ahead this Cinco de Mayo and to never drive impaired.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 38 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities that occurred each year from 2007 to 2011 involved impaired drivers or motorcycle operators with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 and above.

The Patrol is planning high-visibility enforcement and OVI checkpoints across the state in an effort to reduce OVI-related fatal and injury crashes. During last year's Cinco de Mayo, the Patrol made more than 100 OVI arrests during the 24-hour period.

"We can't fight the battle against impaired driving on our own. We need your commitment to make our roads safe," said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. "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."