Police out in force for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police from across the Miami Valley are sending out a warning to St. Patrick’s Day revelers. Extra patrols will be on the roads through the weekend to catch anyone drinking and driving.

Among the communities beefing up patrols are Kettering, Dayton, Celina and Springfield. Springfield will conduct an OVI checkpoint Friday night. The location will be announced Friday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, county sheriff’s offices and police departments have all committed extra patrols to traffic enforcement this weekend.

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck says the county’s ArriveSafe program will be available for a free ride home.

All you have to do is call 449-9999 for a free cab ride home. The rides will be offered starting Friday at 6:00 p.m. and run through Tuesday, March 18 at 6:00 a.m.

The Ohio Traffic Safety Office reports 5 alcohol related fatalities in Ohio during a 24-hour period on St. Patrick’s Day. Nearly half of the 1,024 fatal crashes in 2013 were alcohol related.

Law enforcement says the simplest way to cut down on alcohol related accidents is to make a conscious effort not drink and drive and if you do drink, designate a sober driver.



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