Ohio has fewest fatalities on roads during Thanksgiving holiday in nearly 3 decades

State News

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the roads on the Thanksgiving holiday had the fewest fatalities in 27 years. 

According to the OSHP, there were six people killed in six crashes over the five-day reporting period for the Thanksgiving holiday.

This ties for the lowest mark set in 1991 for the safest holiday weekend in the state.

In 2015 and 2016 there were nine fatalities, while in 1992, 1996, 1997 and 2001 there were 10.

“We are always pleased to see a decrease in lives lost on Ohio’s roadways,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “However, we can’t settle until the number of fatalities is zero. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is committed to keeping you and your family safe on our roads, every day and every night.”

During the five-day reporting period, troopers arrested 502 drivers for operating a vehicle while impaired, made 257 drug arrests and issued 1,538 safety belt violations.

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