The Ohio State Highway Patrol, anticipating heavier than usual traffic over the Thanksgiving weekend, released a video last year that could dampen some enthusiasm for holiday spirits.
The eight-minute video shows compelling footage from actual traffic stops.
Last Thanksgiving weekend, 14 people were killed in traffic accidents. That figure has increased from 10 people who were killed on Ohio's roadways in 2011.
Each year between Thanksgiving and New Year's, nearly 39 people die in crashes, the Patrol says.
Of the 42.5 million Americans who will travel over the coming holiday weekend, about 90 percent will be driving, according to AAA.
"The Stow Police Department will be out in force looking for drivers who are operating motor vehicles while intoxicated. Patrols for the detection of drunk drivers is stepped up during the holidays due to the increase in parties and celebrations that occur," said Police Chief Louis Dirker. "We do not want anyone to ruin their holidays with a violation for driving while intoxicated so we encourage those celebrating to make arrangements for designated drivers prior to becoming intoxicated when their judgment is impaired and they might make bad decisions that may not only affect themselves, but others."
Patrol officials say motorists should schedule plenty of time for road trips, so as not to speed. Safety should be the top priority, not getting there in record time.
“We all share the responsibility of contributing to a safe holiday on Ohio roadways by obeying all traffic laws and never driving impaired,” Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent, said in a media release.
Troopers ask motorists to contact the Patrol by calling 1-877-7-PATROL (1-877-772-8765) to report dangerous or impaired drivers.
“As a member of the motoring public, you can help save lives by reporting unsafe and aggressive drivers to law enforcement,” Born said in the release.