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For Immediate Release:  July 6, 2015
Contact: Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Patrol arrested 690 for OVI over July Fourth weekend

July 4

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol made 690 arrests for impaired driving and 391 for drug-related charges over this Fourth of July holiday period, which began Thursday, July 2 and ended Sunday, July 5. Seven people lost their lives in a total of six traffic crashes during the four-day reporting period.

The Patrol responded to 643 crashes and made 55,000 traffic contacts in total, which included assisting more than 4,500 motorists. Troopers also issued 6,054 citations this year for safety belt violations and 2,675 citations for aggressive driving.

During the reporting period in 2014, 12 people died in 11 crashes. Five of those crashes were OVI-related, killing six people.

“Impaired driving is a crime that we take very seriously, as it continues to threaten the safety of motorists all across Ohio,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “By arresting drivers and writing citations, we aim to change driving behavior to prevent future tragedies.”

Troopers encourage the public to continue reporting impaired drivers or drug activity with #677.

 

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