Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Columbus - The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports this Memorial Day holiday weekend was the safest on record for the past 38 years. Six people were killed in six crashes over the holiday weekend on Ohio roads.This is four fewer deaths than during the same period last year. Over the holiday weekend State Troopers arrested 650 impaired drivers and assisted 4,580 motorists.

“We are extremely encouraged by fewer fatalities this Memorial Day weekend. However, Ohioans need to focus on Motorcycle safety due to 33 percent of the fatalities being motorcyclists.” said Patrol superintendent, Colonel Richard H. Collins.

Five of the Six fatal crashes occured on Federal or State highways while one occured on a county road. Three of the crshes involved alcohol. Three of the six fatalities were wearing seatbelts - One was not and the remaining two were on motorycles.

The following Ohio traffic statistics are for the holiday weekend period of May 23 at 6 p.m. through May 26 at midnight.


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