OSP: 16 people killed in crashes on Ohio roadways over Fourth of July weekend

OHIO — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting fewer traffic related fatalities on Ohio’s roadways over the Fourth of July weekend than last year.

OSP says 16 people lost their lives in 16 traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began Friday, July 1 and ended Monday, July 4.

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Impairment was determined to be a factor in four of those crashes, OSP said.

Troopers made 444 arrests for impaired driving and 239 for drug-related charges. OSP responded to 559 crashes and made more than 33,000 traffic contacts in total. Troopers also provided assistance to more than 2,588 motorists.

During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period from July 2 through 5, a total of 21 fatal crashes killed 23 people, according to OSP. Of those, 12 crashes and 12 fatalities involved alcohol and/or drugs.

OSP says you can call #677 to report drug activity and dangerous or impaired driving.