Cops: Avoid distractions during holiday travel

Posted at 6:04 AM, Dec 23, 2015

CINCINNATI -- Millions of Americans are expected to hit the road Wednesday to make it home for the holidays.

Amid that traffic rush, law enforcement is stepping up its efforts to stem a rising traffic death toll.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said it will have more troopers out this year during the holidays.

The troopers will target aggressive driving, speeding and impaired driving.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, 1,054 people have died on the Buckeye State’s highways this year -- a 9 percent increase over 2014.

Officials blame that figured partly on cheaper gas and warmer weather. Those two effects are leading people to drive more.

"Designate a driver. Don't drink and drive. Leave early. Make it to your destination in one piece. Make sure everyone in your car is buckled up and please, please leave the distractions alone before you get to your destination,” said Paula Pride of the OSP.

The American Automobile Association said the busiest travel time will be Wednesday evening.

The AAA expects to help about 900,000 from Wednesday to Sunday.