OSP: 12 fatalities, 709 OVI arrests during Fourth of July reporting period

Twelve fatal crashes killed 12 people during the Fourth of July reporting period, July 3 through July 7, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Impairment was determined to be a factor in at least three of the crashes.

Troopers made 709 arrests for impaired driving including 507 for drug-related charges, responded to 809 crashes and made over 55,000 traffic contacts total including providing assistance to over 4,500 motorists.

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

During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period, there were four fatal crashes that killed eight people.

Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

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