In an effort to keep the roadways safe, law enforcement officials will be out in full force looking for impaired drivers this Memorial Day weekend.
Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander says extra patrols will be out this weekend.
"There will be added enforcement out and if you are drinking and driving, you probably will be stopped," says Alexander.
Various agencies including the Sheriff's Department will have a visible presence on the roads for the weekend leading up to Memorial Day, which is statistically one of the biggest times for OVI arrests both locally and nationally.
Lt. William Weirtz of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the more troopers will be out and about enforcing traffic laws as well.
"Starting Friday morning, we'll have additional units on the road which will give us an extra four to six units on the roadways," Weirtz explained.
That message should resonate with people who plan on having a couple drinks during the holiday weekend.
"We want people to be aware that we will be out enforcing the traffic laws here in Summit County," Sheriff Drew Alexander said.
Alexander explains his deputies have been trained to look for certain signs that could indicate a person could be impaired while driving.
"We train our deputies to look for obvious signs such as driving erratically, weaving in and out of traffic, road rage, and other signs," he explained.
"If they see people driving in this manner, they will be pulled over and officers will see what the problem is."
Lieutenant Weirtz says OVI arrests spike during holiday weekends, so troopers will look for impaired drivers during all hours of the day.
Statistics show OVI-related crashes resulted in 401 deaths in 2011.
Both Alexander and Weirtz say that if you are planning to drink this holiday weekend, designate a sober driver, or call a cab to take you home.