The Ohio State Highway Patrol has been focusing on impaired driving enforcement this year, hoping to build on a trend of declining fatalities.
Through October of this year, fatalities caused by vehicle crashes in the state are down nine percent compared to last year – 824 deaths so far this year and 902 in 2010.
The Highway Patrol has arrested 934 more motorists for impaired driving compared to the same period in 2010. Last year, 40 percent of all fatal crashes involved operating a vehicle while intoxicated offenses.
“Our troopers are out on the roads everyday trying to make Ohio a safer place to live, work and travel,” said Lt. Dean Laubacher, commander of the Bowling Green post. “We are encouraged that statewide traffic crash fatalities are down and OVI arrests are up – and we hope to continue this trend through the upcoming holiday season.”
So far this year, troopers from the Bowling Green post arrested 505 impaired drivers who were posing a significant danger to other motorists, he said.
Lt. Laubacher said motorists should call 1-877-7-PATROL to report dangerous drivers, impaired drivers or stranded motorists.
Park board opening
Wood County Probate Court Judge David Woessner is accepting letters of interest and resumes from county residents interested in being appointed to the Wood County Park District Board of Commissioners.
Letters and resumes should be sent to: Judge David E. Woessner, Wood County Probate Court, One Courthouse Square, Bowling Green, O. 43403 by Nov. 25.
There are two, three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2012 open. Commissioners must be at least 18 years old.