Eleven fatalities occurred on Ohio roadways during the 2018-2019 New Year holiday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
At least six fatalities were the result of not wearing a seat belt when available and four were OVI-related, according to the OSHP.
The five-day reporting period began at midnight Friday, Dec. 28 and ran through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. This number is higher than the four-day reporting period last year, when six fatalities were reported.
Troopers reported making more than 6,000 traffic enforcement contacts; including 448 OVI arrests, 231 drug arrests and 952 safety belt citations.
In addition, troopers made 10,807 non-enforcement contacts including more than 2,200 motorist assists, according to the OSHP.
In 2018, there were 1,063 confirmed fatalities on Ohio’s roads according to provisional data; a 10 percent decrease compared to 2017.
A statistical analysis of the Patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday is available at:https://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/NewYearHoliday2019.pdf