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DUI task force destroys car to illustrate drunk driving hazards

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Green beer, late nights and good times are all common place during St. Patrick's Day celebrations, but something else pops up as a result of those festivities: drunk driving. On Friday, local law enforcement agencies went to extreme measures to show drivers the dangers of driving while impaired.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, five out of six fatal accidents on St. Patrick's Day are a direct result of alcohol. So on Friday, the Lucas County DUI Task Force made a graphic illustration of what a drunk driving accident can do.

With every holiday where alcohol consumption is high, local law enforcement steps up their presence on the road.

"We're going to have extra patrols out. We have federal overtime funding now, and we're going to have extra units working during the peak OVI hours in the locations where we typically have OVI related crashes," said Lt. William Bowers with the OSHP.

Even with occasional news conferences warning drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving, there are still multiple instances of people not getting the message each year.

"Think about how you're going to get home. You don't want to drive after drinking," said Gwen Nuendorfer with the Lucas County Traffic Safety Program.

This year, the Lucas County OVI Task Force decided to show first hand, the damage an OVI-related crash can cause, using a car that was forfeited by a driver with multiple OVI offenses.

"Something like this makes people think," said Nuendorfer.

The images are powerful, but Bowers says it does not even come close to some accidents he has seen.

"Actually I've seen much worse as a result of OVI-related crashes," said Bowers.

This is why the task force does not want this kind of carnage happening to you. They hope if you celebrate St. Patrick's Day, you have a plan and be safe.

AAA Northwest Ohio is offering Tipsy Tow service for St. Patrick's Day weekend, from 6 p.m. March 16 through 6 a.m. March 17, and from 6 p.m. March 17 through 6 a.m. March 18.

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