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If you get behind the wheel of a car this Thanksgiving weekend while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, there’s a very good chance you’ll encounter an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper.
The agency will have extra patrols on Ohio roads and highways this holiday to pull over drivers suspected of DUI/OVI and other traffic violations. Troopers also will be looking for drivers and passengers who aren’t buckled up.
Holiday weekends tend to be busy on the roads. Thanksgiving is one of the most heavily traveled weekends all year. That means more crowded highways and more opportunities for danger.
During last year’s Thanksgiving weekend, 12 people died in car crashes. Seven of those fatalities were in crashes that involved an impaired driver.
If you’re going to consume alcohol with your Thanksgiving meal, or while watching the Ohio State-Michigan game on Saturday, designate a sober driver. Another safe strategy is to get a cab if you need to travel.
It’s also a good idea to wear your seatbelt and watch your speed as a safety precaution. That also may help you avoid getting a costly ticket.