“As summer ends and families hit the road for one last holiday, our officers will be out protecting motorists from drunk and drugged drivers,” Strongsville Sgt. Mike Grywalsky said. “Impaired driving continues to be one of the most harmful crimes in Ohio. Hundreds of innocent men, women and children’s lives were taken by a drunk driver last year in Ohio and that is unacceptable.”
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, 42 percent of the fatal crashes on Ohio roadways last year involved an impaired driver.
The Cuyahoga County DUI Task Force, in partnership with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, will kick off the national crackdown with a high-visibility corridor enforcement effort along I-90 on Thursday, Aug. 15.
The detail will start at the end of the Cleveland Browns preseason game against the Detroit Lions and run till 2 a.m.
Checkpoints will also be conducted each weekend throughout the three weeks of the campaign.
“The timing of this campaign fits nicely with the beginning of a busy season of tailgating and football party celebrations. Whether you are driving the family downtown to watch the Browns game or heading to your favorite high school stadium, the last thing you should have to be worried about is a drunk driver injuring or killing you or your family,” Grywalsky said.
Throughout the campaign, the Cuyahoga County DUI Task Force will conduct 10 DUI checkpoints. During this time period Strongsville also will be deploying saturation patrols aggressively looking for drunk drivers on heavily traveled roadways, including Routes 42 and 82 (Pearl and Royalton roads).
For more information, visit the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign headquarters.