Ohio traffic fatalities decrease this holiday season

Ohio traffic fatalities decrease this holiday season

Fewer motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Christmas holiday as compared to the previous two years, according provisional statistics released today.

The Ohio State Patrol released a Christmas Holiday Report from the four-day reporting period, which took place Thursday, Dec. 24th, at 12 a.m. until Sunday, Dec. 27th, at 11:59 p.m.

The report stated that nine people were killed in seven fatal crashes.

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Sixty-six percent of those killed in fatal crashes over the holiday were not wearing an available safety belt.

The Ohio State Patrol said that a safety belt remains the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

In previous years, reports indicated that 12 people were killed in 2019, between Dec. 23rd to the 25th, and in 2018, there were 11 people killed between December 21st to the 25th.

Other information released from the reporting period states that troopers removed 142 impaired drivers from Ohio’s roads during the holiday, which is an increase of 137 percent compared to last year.

Motorists are reminded to plan ahead and designate a sober driver or make other arrangements to ensure everyone arrives safely to their destination.

The public is also encouraged to continue to dial 677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity.