COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol said nine people died on Ohio highways during the 2018 Christmas weekend.
According to the patrol, three of the deaths were the result of not wearing a seat belt and three more were OVI-related.
The reporting period started Friday and ended at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
The number is the same as 2017 and down from 2016, when 14 people were killed in crashes.
During the weekend, the patrol made 4,600 traffic stops. That included 404 OVI arrests, 164 drug arrests and 635 seat belt citations.
“Troopers were highly visible this weekend encouraging motorists to drive safely,” 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.”
So far this year, there have been 1,046 traffic fatalities in Ohio, a 10% decrease over 2017.