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Ohio Highway Patrol: 13 killed on roads over Memorial Day weekend


The Ohio State Highway Patrol released its statistics for the Memorial Day weekend Tuesday, saying that 13 were killed and 751 arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The Patrol said it made more impaired driving arrests and issued more safety belt citations during this Memorial Day weekend compared to the 2013 holiday weekend.

But preliminary statistics show 13 lost their lives over the weekend – a decrease of five deaths when compared to 2013. Three of the fatalities are alcohol or drug-related.

The Patrol added that it made 757 OVI arrests, an increase of more than seven percent, and cited 7,278 vehicle occupants for safety belt violations, an increase of more than 19 percent when compared to 2013.

The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 23 and ran through Monday, May 26.

In all, troopers made 21,168 non-enforcement contacts, of which 4,992 were to assist motorists.

The complete breakdown on Patrol activity is available here.

or www.statepatrol.ohio.gov


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