Ohio drivers will experience an "all-out day"

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducting an "All Out Day" Friday, May 18, which consists of high visibility on the roads to deter drunk driving. OSHP says it has seen an increase in fatal crashes in Ohio this year.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducting OVI checkpoints in Fairfield, Delaware, Hamilton, Licking, Franklin, Lorain, Portage, Mahoning, Miami, Butler, Guernsey and Auglaize counties this weekend.

"I think that's the way you're going to catch people...people probably have been drunk driving. If you do it once you're a repetitive drunk driver so how else are you going to catch them?" said Delaware resident Jillian Maruskin.

An OSHP spokesperson did say that Ohio has seen a 19 percent increase in fatal crashes for the first four months of 2012. There have been 282 crashes between Jan. and April of 2012, which resulted in 318 deaths.

OSHP said there is no extra cost to taxpayers. There is no overtime: Only officers already scheduled to work will be working the checkpoints. Officers who normally do desk work also will be out, which is the idea of "all out." The checkpoints are paid for with federal money.

Troopers will be looking for more than just drunk driving, saying texting while driving, wearing seatbelts and all other dangerous driving behavior is a top priority.

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