OSHP urges Sober Driving, Seat Belts this Memorial Day

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Headed on a road trip for the Memorial Day weekend? You are far from alone. Gas prices are low, and the weather is beautiful, so millions will hit the roads.

There will be a lot of people coming in and out of the Ohio Valley this weekend.

“My sister is coming in from Cleveland,” said Umiko Post from Steubenville. 

But whether you’re traveling near….

“(My parents) are just seven miles away. They live up on the hill in Steubenville on Pleasant Hills, so we’re going to go up there and cook out. They got a big yard and a pool in everything,” said Joe Paolisso.

…or far, getting there safely is the top priority.

“We want everybody to slow down, increase your following distance, everybody needs to wear your safety belt,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt, Joe Parsons. “There is a zero tolerance on if you are not wearing your safety belt, and do not drink and drive.”

Seven of the 16 traffic deaths during the Memorial Day weekend in 2015 were related to impairment, and the patrol made almost 550 OVI arrests on top of that. Friday morning, a driver walked away from a rollover tractor trailer accident because he was wearing his seat belt.

“Wear your seat belt,” added Paolisso

“And don’t text and drive!” said his son Nico.

“And don’t text and drive, that’s right.”

Drivers are encouraged to call #677 in Ohio or 911 to report any type of impaired drivers or drug activity. 

AAA estimates that Americans have saved $18 billion on gas so far this year compared to the same period in 2015, and prices are at the lowest levels in 11 years.

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