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  For Immediate Release: September 7, 2016
Contact: Sergeant Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Labor Day Weekend Fatalities Down

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol was out in full force this Labor Day weekend to prevent the greater volume of traffic crashes that often accompanies holiday traffic. Initial reports indicate a decrease in traffic crash fatalities.

Eleven fatal crashes resulted in 11 deaths during the reporting period of Friday, September 2 at 12 a.m. through Monday, September 5 at 11:59 p.m. This is two less crashes and three fewer deaths than last year. In total, 730 motorists were arrested for OVI and 4,846 motorists received safety belt citations. Troopers also saw a 17 percent increase in felony arrests over the four day period.

“The men and women of the Patrol take OVI and safety belt violations very seriously” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “We will continue enforcing Ohio’s impaired driving laws every day of the year to keep motorists safe.”

See a complete breakdown of the Patrol’s Labor Day enforcement here.


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