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Drive Sober effort yields 25 OVIs

Andy Ouriel • Sep 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

During a special two-week enforcement period, officers arrested 25 people for operating a vehicle under the influence.

Police commanders beefed up patrols from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2, keenly watching for drunken or impaired drivers during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

All told, officers wrote up 267 citations for various offenses, a 43 percent increase compared to 2012, when officers issued 186 tickets.

“I have seen numerous deaths, unnecessary injuries and property damage as a result of drunk driving,” Sandusky police Lt. Robert VanScoy said. “So this is important to us, to protect our citizens of our community.”

In Ohio, anyone receiving a charge for operating a vehicle under the influence can face up to $10,000 in legal costs. Additionally, people can also serve jail or prison time and lose their driver’s license. For some, it could be worse, VanScoy said.

“That is the least that you can expect,” he said. “The worstcase scenario would include the possibility of killing or seriously hurting somebody’s mom, dad, kid, friend and so on. It’s just not worth it.”

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