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For Immediate Release:  December 30, 2014
Contact: Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Ten died during Christmas holiday

Patrol reminding motorists to buckle up, drive sober

COLUMBUS – With the holiday season halfway over, the Patrol is asking motorists to continue to buckle up and refrain from driving impaired. During this year’s five-day Christmas Holiday reporting period of December 24 at 12 a.m. through December 28 at 11:59 p.m., 10 people were killed in 10 fatal crashes, with five of the fatal crashes attributed to impaired driving. Five people who died were not wearing their safety belts.

For a complete statistical recap of the Patrol’s Holiday enforcement, visit www.statepatrol.ohio.gov.

In 2013, seven people died in six crashes during the two-day Christmas reporting period.

“No matter what, one death on Ohio’s roadways is one too many,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “From the troopers patrolling the streets for dangerous drivers to the motorists behind the wheel, we need all hands on deck to close out 2014 as safely as we can.”

Troopers continue to crack down on impaired drivers; so far this year, troopers have arrested over 24,500 motorists for impaired driving.

The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity.


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