COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force this holiday season removing dangerous and impaired drivers in an effort to reduce fatal and injury crashes. Last year in Ohio, seven people died in OVI-related crashes between Christmas and New Year's.

"The holidays can be one of the most dangerous times of the year due to an increase in impaired driving," said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. "Drivers need to designate a sober driver, buckle-up and keep their focus on the road to ensure that everyone celebrates the holidays safely."

Last year the Patrol arrested 92 drivers for OVI during the two-day Christmas holiday reporting period.

The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity.