COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports more motorists were killed over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend than in recent years.
During the five day reporting period beginning Wednesday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, there were 19 people killed on Ohio roadways, an increase from past years where 17 people were killed in 2013, 12 in 2012 and 17 in 2011.
Of the 19 killed, seven were not wearing an available safety belt, five were killed in OVI-related crashes and four were pedestrians.
The Patrol arrested 444 drivers for OVI, cited 655 for aggressive driving and cited 1,316 for not wearing safety belts.
Statistics through November of this year show that OVI-related fatal crashes are down with 295 killed in 2014 compared to 317 in the same time period in 2013.
Those killed while not wearing an available safety belt has also declined during the same period, with 367 this year and 393 in 2013.
A complete statistical analysis of the Patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday weekend is available here.