Patrol reports 12 deaths during holiday period

Staff Report

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 12 people lost their lives in 12 traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began Wednesday, July 3 and ended Sunday, July 7.

Impairment was determined to be a factor in at least three of those crashes.

Troopers made 709 arrests for impaired driving and 507 for drug-related charges. The Patrol responded to 809 crashes and made more than 55,000 traffic contacts in total, which included providing assistance to more than 4,500 motorists.

“Impaired driving is a risk to everyone’s safety on our roads,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, patrol superintendent. “That’s why troopers make OVI enforcement a priority.”

During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period from July 3 to July 4, there were 4 fatal crashes that killed 8 people. Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

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Staff Report