In the Register’s coverage area, there are at least 43 people such people. They were all charged with operating a vehicle under the influence over Labor Day weekend, roughly the period from early Friday to late Monday.
Troopers at the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk, Fremont and Sandusky posts led the enforcement efforts, meting out OVI charges to at least 32 people, including 14 on Put-in-Bay during the tall ships events.
Locally, Sandusky police nabbed four people for suspected drunken driving over the weekend, while the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Perkins Police Department nabbed three apiece, according to data from those agencies. Huron police arrested one.
The Highway Patrol has long maintained Labor Day weekend is, historically, one of the most dangerous times of the year for motorists in Ohio.
Statewide, troopers arrested 763 drivers for operating vehicles under the influence, a 9 percent increase from last year’s activity. Troopers also made 263 drug arrests, an increase of more than 32 percent compared to last year’s Labor Day period, according to data the Highway Patrol released Tuesday.
There were 13 fatal crashes in Ohio during Labor Day weekend, including a double-fatal crash Monday in Ottawa County.