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OSHP conduct Super Bowl blitz

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) has increased their enforcement for Super Bowl weekend.

The Super Bowl often means parties and drinking for many people, so police plan to be extra alert to keep the roads safe.

Sgt. Jared Ulynski of the OSHP said any traffic violation will raise a red flag for patrol officers, but repeat offenses will tip them off to alcohol use.

"You'll see more than one lane violation," he explained. "If somebody's looking at you, they might commit one lane violation and stop. But when people are impaired, they just tend to weave back and forth from lane to lane because their perception of time and motor skills are impaired due to the alcohol…Speeding is another one we see a lot of."

Ulynski said OSHP has received federal aid money, which they put to use by putting extra officers on patrol for the weekend.

In 2012, OSHP arrested 25,000 people for impaired driving, which includes alcohol use, drug use, or both. That number was up by about 1,000 from 2011.

"And unfortunately, 766 people lost their lives last year due to impaired driving," Ulynski said. "So obviously that's unacceptable, and that's why we're taking a proactive approach to put more officers on the road to help remove those impaired drivers off the roadway."

The blitz will run from 7 p.m. Friday through 3 a.m. Monday.

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