Brian Cooper shows photos of his son Corey and his friend Christina Jackson. Both were killed by a drunk driving traveling in excess of 90 mph in 2011. The Ohio Highway Patrol just released a video showing officers dealing with drunk driving over a 24-hour period. The video is aimed at bringing attention to the perils of drinking and getting behind the wheel. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees

Ohio Highway Patrol video shows drunk driving over a 24-hour period

“Oh, dude. Hey dude,” says a man as a trooper places a bong on the hood of the cruiser.

“I just had beer all night long,” a woman tells a trooper in a parking lot at 1 a.m.

“Your car reeks of marijuana so I am going to search it,” another trooper says into the open window of a car she just stopped.

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The patrol hopes the video will cause people to be more responsible during the holiday season, when alcohol-related fatalities tend to tick up.

In Ohio last year, 30 percent of the drunk driving arrests by the patrol came between midnight and 3 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays: a total of 8,439 people. The least likely time to be arrested for drunken driving was between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays: 16 arrests.

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Safety advocates say if you’re going to drink, designate a sober driver, call a taxi, use a ride-sharing app or take other steps that will keep you and others safe.

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