St. Patrick’s Day is one week away, and local law enforcement agencies are already preparing to step up patrols.
News Center 7 spoke with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to find out what they’re doing to keep those celebrating safe.
2020 was an odd year and it was just days before St. Patrick’s Day when restaurants, bars and other businesses were forced to close due to the pandemic.
Maj. Matt Haines with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said, “It was an odd year last year because we had much less traffic for most of the year, but the number of traffic crashes that we investigated that resulted in OVI arrests went up by 26 percent.
Haines said with an increase in OVI-related crashes in 2020, local law enforcement agencies are already preparing for St. Patrick’s Day.
“We’ll have saturated patrols in the area where we’ve had traffic crashes in the past an we’ll also have an OVI check point,” Haines said.
In 2019, Haines said there were three people killed and three people injured in OVI-related crashes the week of St. Patrick’s Day. In 2020, although there was less vehicle traffic, seven people were injured in crashes around the holiday.
Therefore, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is not the only law enforcement agency on high alert. Miami Twp. Police is planning a traffic blitz to look for impaired drivers starting as early as the weekend.
Haines said, “Historically we’ve found the weeks surrounding St. Patrick’s Day we seen an increase in OVI and OVI-related crashes.”
According to Haines, since restaurants were closed during last year’s holiday and this is the first holiday since the curfew in Ohio has been lifted, they are preparing for everything.
“As things get back to normal, we don’t know what to expect right now,” he said.
Here are some numbers for local cab companies and travel services:
Curbside Taxi – 1-937-304-2674
Walt’s Taxi Cab – 1-937-825-3861
Anytime Cab – 937-228-5555
Dayton Taxi Service – 937-412-0999
Clean Cab Ohio – 937-242-8779
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