The State Highway Patrol says it's using federal traffic safety funding to pay overtime for troopers providing an increased presence on Ohio roadways this holiday season.
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that the patrol got $1.9 million in federal traffic safety funding this fall through the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.
The patrol says the time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day can be one of the most dangerous for Ohio drivers. During that period last year, more than three dozen people died in accidents that involved alcohol.
There were one thousand and 80 people killed on Ohio’s roads last year. That was more than in 2009 when a record low number of people died as a result of roadway accidents. One thousand twenty two were killed that year.
Ohio is on track to set a new modern day record this year. The fatality count on the state’s roads right now is below one thousand. The Ohio State Highway Patrol wants to keep those numbers low. So it’s going to have troopers on the roads, looking for unsafe driving.