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Law Enforcement Works To Curb Impaired Driving This Holiday Weekend

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -

You have certainly noticed that law enforcement agencies work pretty hard while you enjoy holidays off.

"Those big travel holidays like the 4th of July, you will see a lot of troopers. We want to be there to get people where they are going safely," Trooper Misty Waller with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

In the last two days, OSHP has made 29,000 contacts statewide, resulting in 282 arrests for impaired driving and 1,700 citations for aggressive driving.

"When you see the blue lights flashing on the highway, it catches your attention, and I think it is a reminder of what you need to be doing, like paying attention to your driving," Waller said.

There will also be a large group of officers from the Columbus Division of Police out and about throughout the weekend, especially at an OVI checkpoint Friday night on West Broad Street.

"Come through that checkpoint and you will be checked. If you are good, you will be on your way. If you are impaired, you will be arrested. We ask people to make responsible choices," Sgt. Michael Smith with CPD said.

The checkpoint is in honor of Officer Keith Evans, who was killed by an impaired driver in 1995 after Red, White, and BOOM!

Officers work the streets and checkpoints to not only keep you safe, but to keep their brothers and sisters in uniform safe too.

"Over the last 18 years, six CPD officers [were] killed in the line of duty, three at the hands of an impaired driver," Smith said.

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