Local Uber drivers taking notice of rise in OVI fatalities

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County is seeing a spike in OVI related crashes and Uber drivers are just one group of people taking notice in Montgomery County.

It’s not just drivers who will have to be more careful on the roads, but also drivers of ride-sharing services. They spend their entire work day on the road.

There’s already been nine more OVI fatalities this year than in 2014 in Montgomery County.

“Well I know it first hand,” Uber driver Don Solin said. “I know personally over five people that have had OVIs in the last year and a half to two years where a lot of people are out and a lot of people aren’t paying attention to I shouldn’t be doing this.”

Three area law enforcement agencies, including Dayton police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are teaming up to create a task force specifically centered around curbing OVI fatalities.

Solin says he spends so much time on the road even he has run into the cops multiple times.

“Two times I’ve been pulled over while driving Uber and both Kettering and Centerville police have said thank you for what you do,” Solin said. “I’ve had people in my car that should not be driving, and they’re the smart ones.”

Throughout the end of the year, all three agencies will be targeting areas with both a high number of crashes and high crime rates.

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