Ohio News – Patrol reports 14 deaths over Memorial weekend

Ohio MediaCOLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 14 deaths on Ohio roadways over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend. This is compared to 13 deaths in 2014. Three of this year’s fatalities are known to be OVI-related, and four did not wear their safety belts at the time of the crash.

Patrol made 544 OVI arrests and cited 5,513 motorists for safety belt violations. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 22 and ran through Monday, May 25.

“Troopers are highly visible during weekends when we expect increased traffic to deter motorists from making poor decisions,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “We thank everyone who slowed down, buckled up and designated sober drivers this weekend. We ask that you do the same every time you get behind the wheel to keep Ohio’s roadways safe.”

In addition, the Patrol made 16,957 non-enforcement contacts, of which 4,212 were to assist motorists.

For a complete breakdown and map of Patrol activity please visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/MemorialDay_2015.pdf

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