Troopers Teaming Up To Sideline Impaired Driving During "The Game"


OHIO/MICHIGAN STATE LINE --In an effort to reduce fatal and injury crashes and to help keep the roadways safe this Saturday, troopers are teaming up to sideline impaired driving during   The Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Game on Saturday. 

"There is definitely a rivalry between the two states when it comes to Big Ten football, but there is no rivalry when it comes to removing impaired drivers from our roadways," reads a collaborated media release from both the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Michigan State Police.

"The most effective way to keep this weekend safe on Ohio and Michigan roads is for all motorists to make safety-conscious decisions,” said Colonel Charles A. Jones, Ohio State Highway Patrol superintendent. “Regardless of whether you are rooting for the team in Scarlet and Gray, or Maize and Blue, the keys to safe driving, like so many things, can be a habit. Simple practices like obeying posted speed limits, ensuring everyone is buckled up, and designating a driver can mean everyone can enjoy The Game safely and responsibly.” 

“Getting behind the wheel impaired is a choice, and it’s the wrong one,” said Colonel James F. Grady II, director of the Michigan State Police. “Protect yourself and others on the road by avoiding distractions, wearing your seatbelt and only driving sober.”

So, whether your heading to Ann Arbor this weekend where the game is being played this year or hosting a party remember these three things:

  • Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk
  • Make sure everyone has a safe and sober way to and from their destination 
  • Do not serve alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age.

Motorists are encouraged to dial #677 in Ohio or 911 in either state to report impaired drivers.

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