Ohio State Highway Patrol reports 9 fatal crashes over Christmas weekend

Three of those deadly crashes happened in Montgomery, Miami and Clark counties, OSP said.

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Three fatalities were OVI-related, and three resulted from not wearing a seat belt, OSP said. Nine fatal crashes is the same number reported in 2017 during this time.

“Troopers were highly visible this weekend, encouraging motorists to drive safely,” OSP Superintendent Col. Paul A. Pride said.

According to OSP, statistics covered from midnight Dec. 21 to 11:59 p.m. Dec. 25.

Compared to the same time span last year, statewide crashes decreased by 14.3 percent, but OVI and seat belt incidents increased by 35.6 and 40.8 percent, respectively, OSP said.

“We thank everyone who slowed down, buckled up and designated sober drivers this weekend,” Pride said. “We ask that you do the same every time you get behind the wheel.”

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