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Local police, national organization work together for fewer holiday crashes

Posted at 11:42 AM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 19:35:47-05

CINCINNATI — Local police departments are working with a national administration to keep drivers and passengers safe this holiday season.

The National Traffic Safety Administration said they are working with local police to put more officers on the roads from now until New Year's Day as part of their "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Around the holidays in 2018, 285 people died nationally in drunk-driving crashes alone.

Beyond drunk driving, distracted driving has also become an issue in recent years.

"I'm asking all Ohioans to put their smartphones down, to turn off their notifications while you drive. Do this for the rest of the year and through 2020," Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said. "Make safe driving your New Year's resolution."

Troopers with OSP said 12 people died in four different crashes across Ohio on Christmas alone, one of which happened in the Tri-State.

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In order to make sure there aren't nearly as many fatal crashes, OSP wants people to designate a sober driver this holiday season and to stay focused on driving.