Health
5:10 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Ohio Patrol Hopes For A Safe Holiday Weekend

Ohio troopers warn that they hope Labor Day weekend brings a continuation of two trends: more arrests of impaired drivers and fewer crash deaths.

The State Highway Patrol says that officers will be out in full force over the long holiday period keeping roads safe from drivers who've had too much to drink. Col. John Born, the patrol's superintendent, says in a statement that motorists need to make smart decisions, including designating a sober driver.

The patrol says 11 people died in accidents over last year's Labor Day weekend; six of those crashes were alcohol-related. About 540 drivers were arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence.