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For Immediate Release: May 29, 2012
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792

Patrol Traffic Stops, OVI and Drug Arrests up this Memorial Day weekend

Eleven people killed on Ohio's Roadways-lowest in four years

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol made more traffic stops and impaired driving and drug arrests this Memorial Day weekend compared to the 2011 holiday weekend. In addition, 11 people lost their lives over the weekend- a four year low for the reporting period.

Patrol traffic stops increased over 13 percent - OVI arrests increased nearly two percent and drug arrests were up nearly 15 percent. The Patrol's Columbus District, encompassing Central Ohio counties, experienced the highest amount of OVI and drug arrests, with 117 and 71 arrests respectively. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 25 at Midnight and ran through Monday, May 28 at 11:59 p.m.

The Patrol made 19,919 non-enforcement contacts, of which 5,960 were to assist motorists. Total crash investigations declined – down more than six percent.

Aggressive driving arrests, which includes following too close, failure to yield, improper passing, passing a stopped school bus and reckless operation, increased more than 40 percent.

For a complete breakdown and map of Patrol activity please visit


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