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Drunk driving crackdown begins Friday

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced Friday that the Allen County Sheriff’s Office and Lima Police Department will hold a checkpoint from 9 p.m. to midnight on Robb Avenue near Metcalf Street.

Staff Reports

LIMA – At a press conference, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced the Lima Police and Allen County Sheriffs department will hold a checkpoint on Robb Ave. (near Metcalf) Friday night from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Cab companies in Lima and Allen County:

  • Black & White Cab: (419) 222-6161
  • Trinity Cab: (419) 860-3974
  • Knight Carriage: (419) 371-9768
  • The Right Way Cab: (567) 289-5573

The sobriety checkpoints and roving DUI patrols will be increased over the next few weeks, running through Labor Day weekend. Police departments across the state will be cracking down on drunken driving during the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Drunk-Driving Facts and Figures

  • Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 of higher). In 2014, there were 9,967 people killed in these preventable crashes. In fact, on average, over 10,000 people have died each year (2010 to 2014) in drunk-driving crashes.
  • Over the Labor Day holiday period (6 p.m. August 29 – 5:59 a.m. September 2) in 2014, there were 401 crash fatalities nationwide. Almost half (48%) of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking (.01+ BAC); 40 percent involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ BAC); and more than a fourth (28%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the illegal limit (.15+ BAC).
  • In 2014, approximately 1 in 5 children killed in traffic crashes (14 and younger) were passengers in drunk-driving crashes. Fifty-six percent of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk.
  • In addition to the human toll drunk driving takes on our country, the financial impact is devastating as well: based on 2010 numbers (the most recent year for which cost data is available), impaired-driving crashes cost the United States $44 billion annually.
  • In every State, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, yet one person is killed in a drunk-driving crash every 53 minutes in the United States.