- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The State Highway Patrol says troopers will be in full force watching the roads throughout Ohio this holiday season to target impaired drivers and try to prevent serious crashes.

The patrol says 24 people died last year in crashes between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Five of those deaths came in four crashes related to impaired driving. About 650 people were arrested on suspicion of impaired driving during that period.

The patrol’s superintendent, Col. Paul Pride, says holiday revelers can help keep others safe by wearing their seat belts and staying alert while driving - and by designating a sober driver if needed.

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