Friday, August 29, 2014

OHP Out in Force

Department of Public Safety officials are encouraging safety for the Labor Day weekend as troopers participate in two nation-wide safety campaigns. Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over began Friday and will conclude Sept. 3 Col. Ricky Adams, Chief of Patrol, said. "Our troopers will be out in force this Labor Day weekend looking for impaired, intoxicated, and reckless drivers and boat operators. We will also be enforcing safety belt and child restraint laws. All of our efforts are focused on providing the public with a safe holiday." He noted Labor Day 2013 proved fatal for 12 people, three of whom were in alcohol-related collisions. One of the 12 fatalities was not wearing a safety belt and three were motorcyclists not wearing helmets. There were 43 injured people in alcohol-related collisions over the 2013 holiday weekend and 291 people were injured in 480 crashes state wide. The OHP encourages motorists to drive safe and sober, wear safety belts, and ensure all child passengers are properly restrained. Troopers ask citizens to report unsafe drivers or boat operators by calling *55 from any mobile device. Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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