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15 killed in Memorial Day weekend crashes

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Jun 1, 2018 at 9:17 AM

COLUMBUS — The long weekend was a deadly one as the state Highway Patrol reports 15 were killed in accidents that took place over the Memorial Day weekend. 

According to state State Highway Patrol provisional statistics, 15 people died on Ohio roadways over the holiday weekend. There were also 15 traffic deaths reported during the 2016 and 2017 Memorial Day weekends.

Two of this year’s fatalities that took place between Friday and Monday, were the result of failing to wear a seat belt that was available, and two were OVI-related. 

Troopers made 36,582 traffic enforcement contacts, including 787 OVI arrests, 490 drug arrests and 8,242 safety belt citations. In addition, the patrol made 17,905 non-enforcement contacts including 4,077 motorist assists.

“We take enforcing traffic laws seriously, and troopers were highly visible this weekend to encourage safety,” said patrol superintendent Col. Paul Pride. “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.”

Year to date, there have been 380 confirmed fatalities on Ohio’s roads; a 4-percent decrease over the same time last year.

“Roadway safety is a shared responsibility; everyone can contribute to making our roadways safer by following traffic laws, wearing safety belts and driving sober,” the patrol said in its report.

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