DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County deputies, troopers and police officers are teaming up this weekend to get unsafe drivers off the roads.
Thursday, Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck announced plans to add extra enforcement and OVI checkpoints throughout the county over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend.
“We want you to have a good time, we want you to enjoy yourself, but we want you to find another way home,” Sheriff Streck said.
On Friday, March 15, deputies will be focusing efforts in a high-incident area of Washington Township. Streck explained in 2018 the Sheriff’s Office arrested 42 impaired drivers, including 18 involved in crashes. So far in 2019, deputies have arrested 6 in the same area.
“There’s no excuse,” said Lt. Geoff Freeman, the commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton post. “There’s Uber, there’s cabs, there’s friends. There’s absolutely no excuse for driving impaired and it won’t be tolerated.”
During the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day weekend, there were 80 traffic crashes across Montgomery County. More than 10 percent of those involved an impaired driver. Throughout the year, alcohol contributed to 29 fatal crashes.
Despite the statistics and repeated reminders from law enforcement, Sheriff Streck says many drivers simply ignore the warnings.
“Just find a safe way home,” he pleaded. “Don’t put yourself at risk and please don’t put my family at risk, (these officers’) families at risk and all the people watching this families at risk.”
Lt. Freeman added patrols plan to take any suspected OVI incidents as seriously as possible.
“If you’re driving impaired, you will be arrested, you will be processed,” he said. “We have a zero tolerance because impaired driving is dangerous for everybody.”
The Sheriff’s Office will release specific locations for the weekend’s checkpoints early Friday.