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  For Immediate Release: May 31, 2016
Contact: Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Patrol reports 11 deaths over Memorial weekend

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 11 deaths on Ohio roadways over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend. This is a decrease compared to recent years, as 16 fatalities occurred in 2015 and 13 occurred in 2014. Four of this year’s fatalities were motorcyclists, and two were pedestrians.

The Patrol made 36,941 enforcement contacts in total, including 734 OVI arrests and 7,124 citations for safety belt violations. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 27 and ran through Monday, May 30.

“Troopers were highly visible this weekend because of the heavy Memorial Day traffic, and we take enforcing traffic laws seriously,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “We thank everyone who slowed down, buckled up and designated sober drivers this weekend. We ask that you do the same every time you get behind the wheel.”

In addition, the Patrol made 19,677 non-enforcement contacts, of which 4,625 were to assist motorists.

For a complete breakdown and map of Patrol activity please visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/MemorialDay_2016.pdf


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