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For Immediate Release: July 5, 2012
Contact:  Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792


Patrol makes more than 26,000 traffic contacts over July 4th Holiday

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol made more than 26,000 traffic contacts this July 4th holiday. In addition, 4 people lost their lives over the two-day reporting period which began Tuesday, July 3 at Midnight and ran through Wednesday, July 4 at 11:59 p.m. Fatalities occurred in Ross, Stark, Trumbull and Warren counties.

Despite the shortened mid-week reporting period, the Patrol made 251 arrests for impaired driving. The Patrol's Columbus District, encompassing Central Ohio counties, experienced the highest amount of OVI arrests with 44. "Impaired driving continues to be a significant threat to all Ohioans," Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent said. "The Patrol is committed to removing these dangerous drivers from our roadways."

Troopers encourage the public to continue using #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.



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