Increase In Traffic Fatalities Over Memorial Day Weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released statistics from the Memorial Day reporting period.

The Highway Patrol says there were 17 deaths on the state’s roadways this year, an increase of two from last year.

Troopers made 26,150 traffic enforcement contacts, including 490 OVI arrests, 299 drug arrests and 3,992 safety belt citations.

In addition, the Highway Patrol made 13,249 non-enforcement contacts, including 2,706 motorist assists.

Troopers remind motorists that roadway safety is a shared responsibility.

Everyone can contribute to making our roadways safer by following traffic laws, wearing safety belts and driving sober.

You can help contribute to a safer Ohio by calling #677 to report drug activity and dangerous or impaired driving.

The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 27 and ran through Monday, May 30.