“Law enforcement officers, first responders, tow truck drivers and the majority of our workers here at ODOT do their jobs alongside our roads and highways. Their safety is at risk every time someone gets behind the wheel while impaired,” ODOT Director Jerry Wray said in a release. “There is so much that needs to be done to address this problem, but one way we can start is by talking to young people about the dangers of drug use and impaired driving.”
There have been 3,574 drugged driving crashes already this year, or about 33 percent of all impaired driving crashes, ODOT says.
“Lives are forever changed when people make the decision to drive after taking drugs,” Col. Paul Pride, Patrol Superintendent, said in a release. “If you see drug activity or impaired driving report it immediately to the Patrol by calling #677.”
Research that shows youth are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs when parents and adults talk with them about substance use and abuse.
Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich launched Start Talking! in 2014 to give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.
For more information, visit www.StartTalking.Ohio.Gov.
News Center 7’s John Bedell is working on this story, and will have more later today.
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