Patrol: Ohio drunken driving arrests up 3 pct.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers made more than 25,500 arrests last year for suspected drunken driving, 3 percent more than in 2007.

The patrol said Tuesday that its new statistics also show Franklin County, which includes Columbus, had more than 1,400 arrests in 2008 for operating a vehicle while impaired, the highest number among the state's 88 counties. Butler County north of Cincinnati was second, with more than 1,100 arrests.

Officials say Ohio troopers made two-thirds of their drunken driving arrests between midnight and 4 a.m. Patrol Superintendent Col. Richard Collins says impaired driving is a crime, and one that too often results in tragic consequences.

Crashes related to drinking killed 466 people on Ohio roads last year.

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