(News/Talk 1480 WHBC) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol needs your help to make sure this Fourth of July holiday weekend isn’t as deadly on the roads as last year’s.

The patrol says eight people were killed in four fatal crashes over the Fourth of July reporting period in 2018.

One OVI-related crash alone killed three people.

There were a total of 302 OVI arrests during the reporting period last year.

The highway patrol says it will be highly visible and cracking down on impaired drivers during this year’s Fourth of July holiday reporting period that goes from July 3rd through July 7th.

The patrol says, while many Fourth of July celebrations involve alcohol, that’s no excuse to get behind the wheel impaired.

“When someone chooses to drive impaired, the consequences can be deadly,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent.

“If you plan to drink, help make everyone’s holiday safe by designating a sober ride home.”

He’s encouraging people to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.