The Ohio State Highway Patrol Medina Post and the Brunswick Police Department will saturate heavily traveled roads and try to remove impaired drivers between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday on what's expected to be one of the year's heaviest nights for drinking.
The patrols will focus on Interstate 71, state Route 303, and U.S. Route 42.
“Traditionally Thanksgiving is a high volume traffic holiday. People are traveling from out of town to see their families this week, typically attending more than one family meal," said Lt. M.A. Neff, commander of the Medina state patrol post. "The purpose of the OVI Saturation Patrol is to ensure that the motoring public makes it to and from their destinations safely.”
For the second year in a row, AAA predicts the highest Thanksgiving travel numbers since 2005, with 54.3 million Americans, including more than 2.2 million Ohioans, planning to travel at least 50 miles from home between Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 25. This is a 4.8 percent increase over last year both nationally and in Ohio.