OVI arrests up in Ohio from this time last year

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - OVI arrests are already on the rise for 2012. According to OSHP, troopers have made 473 arrests, 100 more than the same time last year at 386.

Troopers at the Lebanon post off I-71 say the increase is due to an increase in patrols and a state wide effort on criminal patrols and OVI arrests.

"We as a division feel that it's a critical element as far as the fatal numbers...the fatal crash numbers in the state of Ohio," says Sgt. Chuck O'Bryon.

And people driving in the Buckeye state agree, whether you are drunk or speeding, highway patrol will find you.

"Ohio is usually out in force so that's a given any time you're in Ohio," says Rowdy Tucker, a truck driver from Alabama.

"Is it someone's that drinking? What's going on with them? So it always makes me feel really good when I see that state trooper up there," says Diane Simms from central Kentucky.

Statewide arrests are also up for the entire previous year.

In 2011 OSHP made 23,471 arrests, seven percent more than 2010 with 22,067.

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