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For Immediate Release: December 27, 2011
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792

Patrol: Ohio on pace to reach lower traffic fatalities in 2011

Holiday Weekend deaths down nearly 43 percent from last year – Reaching a four-year low

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that Ohio is on pace to see a decline in the number of people killed on Ohio’s roadways in 2011, after experiencing a spike to 1,080 last year. Ohio experienced a record low in 2009 with 1,022 fatalities. So for this year, reports indicate 963 confirmed deaths and an additional 47 provisional unconfirmed deaths, for a total worst case scenario of 1,010 traffic deaths with five days still remaining in 2011.

“We are seeing positive results from the hard work of our troopers on the road everyday removing impaired and dangerous drivers from the roadways,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. “As the Patrol’s OVI arrests increase, we are seeing a direct correlation in the decrease of overall fatalities.”

Year-to-date troopers have made an additional 1,500 more OVI arrests than when compared to the same time period last year.

During this past holiday reporting period of Midnight, December 23 through 11:59 a.m. on December 26, eight people were killed, with one death attributed to impaired driving. This represents a nearly 43 percent decline in fatalities from last year when 14 people were killed and the lowest amount of Christmas Holiday fatalities in the past four years. In addition, Patrol OVI arrests increased more than 28 percent. For a complete statistical recap of the Patrol’s Holiday enforcement visit http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/christmas_2011.pdf

With the upcoming New Year’s Holiday, the Patrol is asking motorists to help Ohio achieve a record year by not driving impaired, buckling-up and keeping their focus on the road. During last year’s holiday reporting period of Midnight on December 30, 2010, through 11:59 p.m. on January 2, 2011 – 10 people lost their lives on Ohio’s roadways, with 70 percent of these deaths involving an impaired driver.

The public is encouraged to continue using 1-877-7-PATROL to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as stranded motorists.

 

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