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dangerous behavior is on the rise in Wood County. State troopers say they're
working to stop people from getting behind the wheel while drunk.
data from Wood County Safe Communities shows alcohol-related injury accidents
have dramatically increased – from 3.5 percent in 2012 to 5.1 percent so far
crashes are up, however we've seen an increase in OVI arrests in our area,
upwards of 35 percent," said Sgt. Bob Burd, from the OSHP Bowling Green post.
say it's hard to pinpoint the problem areas.
problem is if it's happening, it's bad," Sgt. Burd said. "I'd love to say, ‘Stay
away from this area,' or ‘Stay away from any area,' but you can't do that
order to combat the issue, state troopers and other agencies created the "Swallow
Your Pride" program. A donated car will be stationed at the Bowling Green
Police Station. Anyone can call for a ride if they feel they can't make it
give them a ride within 10 miles of our location in the Bowling Green area to
get them home safely," Burd said.
program should be up and running by New Year's. Until then, troopers have
something they want the public to do.
your family member and everyone out the door, saying, ‘Hey, I'd love to see you
come home tonight. Please be responsible,' you know, that helps out greatly,"