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Area residents welcomed 2013 responsibly Monday night and early Tuesday morning as area authorities had very little to report as of Tuesday afternoon.
For Sgt. Mike Akers of the Portsmouth post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, no news is good news. He said his troopers pulled over 33 cars from Monday evening into Tuesday morning with only two of those stops resulting in OVI arrests.
Akers attributed the quiet night to a number of factors.
“I think a few things come into play with that. The first is our advertising, everybody knows we are going to be out there,” Akers said. “Also a lot of local bars teamed up with the local taxi companies to provide a lot of free taxi services last night.”
The Portsmouth Police Department responded to a fight near the Roy Rogers Esplanade, but otherwise the area generally bid 2012 adieu in lawful fashion.
Akers said the threat of poor driving conditions may have also contributed to the quiet night.
“There was a lot of talk about there being bad weather last night and that obviously never did pan out, but I think that kind of kept people at home as well,” he said.
According to Akers, the biggest change for the State Troopers on holidays known for an increase in the public’s consumption of alcohol, is numbers.
“Really what we do obviously, is we try to put more units out on the road, but we focus more on looking for impaired drivers and crash-causing violations on those types of nights,” Akers said. “We usually try to get those early in the evening before it starts to get late and everybody gets out at the same time.”
The combination of responsibly celebrating, alert patrols and charity helped bring about a safe start to 2013.
“I’d like to commend a lot of the local companies that teamed up with the local taxi services to provide that free service,” Akers said. “They have no idea how many lives they saved.”
Bob Strickley can be reached at 353-3101, ext. 296, or firstname.lastname@example.org.