Huge Spike in OVI arrests in Ohio

(Bowling Green, OH) The state highway patrol will man an OVI checkpoint somewhere in Wood County tonight. 423 people were killed and nearly 9,000 more injured last year in over 14,000 OVI-related crashes in Ohio. The location of that checkpoint will be announced later this morning.

The sobriety checkpoint occurs at a time of big concern among the highway patrol ranks about a huge increase in OVI-related arrests. The Ohio Highway Patrol arrested nearly 15,000 impaired drivers in the first half of this year.

Those new numbers point to a disturbing trend on Ohio's highways-- because that's outpaces big-time last year's 25,000 OVI arrests by state troopers. 

3,000 of those arrests were for drugged driving in the first six months of 2017, a six percent increase over the same time period last year. 

An ODOT spokesman says more than 4,000 crashes last year can be blamed on drugged driving, which represents a 20 percent increase since 2013. One-third of the drugged drivers arrested last year were high on marijuana. 

Those numbers don't include impaired drivers arrested by local law enforcement in the Buckeye state, which the highway patrol says makes the numbers all the more startling.

(Bowling Green, OH) The state highway patrol will man an OVI checkpoint somewhere in Wood County tonight. 423 people were killed and nearly 9,000 more injured last year in over 14,000 OVI-related crashes in Ohio. The location of that checkpoint will be announced later this morning.

The sobriety checkpoint occurs at a time of big concern among the highway patrol ranks about a huge increase in OVI-related arrests. The Ohio Highway Patrol arrested nearly 15,000 impaired drivers in the first half of this year.

Those new numbers point to a disturbing trend on Ohio's highways-- because that's outpaces big-time last year's 25,000 OVI arrests by state troopers. 

3,000 of those arrests were for drugged driving in the first six months of 2017, a six percent increase over the same time period last year. 

An ODOT spokesman says more than 4,000 crashes last year can be blamed on drugged driving, which represents a 20 percent increase since 2013. One-third of the drugged drivers arrested last year were high on marijuana. 

Those numbers don't include impaired drivers arrested by local law enforcement in the Buckeye state, which the highway patrol says makes the numbers all the more startling.



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