COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) was out in full force this Labor Day weekend to prevent the greater volume of traffic crashes that often accompanies heavy holiday traffic. Initial reports indicate a decrease in traffic crash fatalities.
Eleven fatal crashes resulted in 11 deaths during the reporting period of Friday, September 4 at 12 a.m. through Monday, September 7 at 11:59 p.m. This is one less crash and one less death than last year.
In total, 723 motorists were arrested for OVI and 6,260 motorists received safety belt citations. Troopers increased overall contact by three percent in an effort to spread traffic safety messages to as many motorists as possible.
“Lives were undoubtedly saved this weekend because of our troopers’ presence, but traffic safety is a team effort. We also have to thank the countless motorists who made the smart choices of driving sober, focusing on the road and buckling up,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “However, there is more work to be done. We will continue to work hard at keeping Ohio’s roadways safe.”
For a complete breakdown of the Patrol’s Labor Day enforcement, please visit http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/LaborDayHoliday_2015.pdf.