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Officers cracking down on drunk drivers

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -- While you ring in the new year with drinks, toasts and celebrations, Ohio State Highway Patrol will be ready and waiting, for those who make the dangerous decision to drive home.

"We'll be looking for people that can't maintain their lane of travel, drift over the yellow or the white line, following too close," said Sgt. Paul Lezotte of OSHP.

OSHP will have officers on overtime beginning at 6:00 PM through the overnight, while troopers say fatal accidents are down this year compared to last, they timing of the festivities and the temperature could bring out more trouble.

"Saturday being the next, day a lot of people are off on the weekend, the nicer weather today, that might bring out more people driving, hopefully everyone be responsible," Lezotte said.

"We will have approximately 25 percent more patrol officers on the roads," said Sgt. Matt Tombragel of West Chester Police.

Four extra officers in West Chester are being funded through a $60,000 state grant, they have a designated cell for drunk drivers who are arrested, with a bed low to the ground so intoxicated offenders can't fall off their bunk beds.

"We'll strictly be focusing on OVI enforcement, seat belt enforcement and speed enforcement," Tombragel said.

In addition to field sobriety tests, officers can use a machine called the Intoxilyzer to test blood alcohol levels.

"If you are consuming alcohol, you know you've had one too many, maybe you're just feeling buzzed, it's your responsibility to find a safe way home," Tombragel said.

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