Highway Patrol steps up DUI watch for weekend

Posted at 7:01 PM, Mar 17, 2016

CINCINNATI - Police across the Tri-State are coordinating their efforts to keep drivers and passengers safe on St. Patrick's Day and all weekend.

"Any time you get a lot of people out celebrating, consuming alcohol, we just hope they make the right decision," says Sgt. David Grooms of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OSHP is adding extra troopers to the roadways starting through the weekend.

Their target: "Any kind of impaired drivers," Grooms said. "We're looking for people maybe not maintaining their lane or driving off the road … changing their speeds -numerous things that could indicate impaired driving."

State police say Ohio lost 276 lives last St. Patrick's Day after too much celebrating.

Grooms suggests if you plan to drink, have a designated driver.

 Or call a cab or Uber.

"We just ask people to make a smart decision and don't put themselves in a bad situation," Grooms said,

That way when you hit the road, chances are it won't hit back.

"Trying to make sure everyone has a safe holiday."

People who use Uber are in for a price increase.

Uber uses "dynamic pricing," which means it takes into account how many drivers are available compared to the number of rides being requested.

Increasing demand often leads to rising prices. And that is expected to be the case tonight.