COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- A cemetery was the backdrop for a kickoff event for an annual crackdown on drunk driving.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign runs through Labor Day. You'll see more state troopers and other law enforcement officers on the road keeping an eye out for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
"OVI and impaired driving is so important to us because of the high effect of injury and fatalities that's associated with those crashes," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. DJ Smith.
According to provisional data from the Patrol, 494 people died in 453 OVI-related crashes on Ohio’s roads in 2012. Impaired drivers were involved in 44 percent of all fatal traffic crashes.
Lt. Smith says with technology they're now able to map where the largest concentrations of deadly and serious crashes are and target those areas. Troopers used to focus mainly on rural stretches of highway, but found high concentrations of impaired drivers around the state's largest cities.
"Between Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus we have the highest levels of fatal crashes so we've moved posts into those areas to try to combat those," he said.
Not only will you see more law enforcement officers on the road, but expect several sobriety checkpoints during the campaign as well.