Cops stepping up patrols for drunk drivers

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

NEWPORT, KY (FOX 19) – Police on both sides of the river are stepping up their game over the next two weeks on the hunt for drunk drivers. Last year 203 people died in alcohol related crashes in northern Kentucky with six coming over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Starting Friday and concluding Labor Day, sheriffs, police, constables and every officer in between will be targeting drunk drivers.

"It's not just about tickets and writing citations and things like that, it's about saving lives," said Boyd Sigler, director of highway safety programs.

The announcement came today in Newport as hundreds of officers looked on.

Cincinnati police Captain Dan Gerard told the group, last year in Cincinnati, 35 percent of fatalities involved drunk drivers.  While that number is down from year's pasts, it's not good enough and the next two weeks will be an assault on impaired drivers.

"This is checkpoint weekend across Ohio," said Gerard. "We're going to have two just in the city of Cincinnati alone.. We're going to have several throughout the rest of the weekend."

Boat patrols will also be on alert looking for those drinking too much on the water.

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