Crashes up statewide over holiday weekend

COLUMBUS — Traffic fatalities and overall crashes were up over the Labor Day weekend according to figures provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The statewide activity report for the four-day holiday weekend (Friday-Monday) shows a total of 24 traffic fatalities taking place over 22 crashes. That number is up from 15 Labor Day weekend traffic fatalities in 2016; 14 in 2015; and 12 in 2014. “Alcohol was a contributing factor in at least four fatalities and 11 people lost their lives by not using a seatbelt or wearing a motorcycle helmet,” states the news release.

Three of those fatalities occurred in Highway Patrol District 9, with one fatality each in Meigs, Athens and Lawrence counties. District 9 includes Meigs, Gallia, Jackson, Athens, Lawrence, Vinton, Hocking, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.

Statewide, Ohio State Highway Patrol made more impaired driving, drug and seat belt arrests this Labor Day compared to the 2016 holiday weekend according to provisional data.

Troopers arrested 845 drivers for OVI and issued 6,171 safety belt citations, both increases over 2016. Troopers also made 536 drug arrests and 150 felony apprehensions.

In District 9, there were 89 crashes, 264 seat belt citations, 55 OVI arrests, 49 drug arrests and one weapons charge.

A total of 33,166 traffic enforcement stops were conducted along with 17,789 non-enforcement stops. Troopers also provided assistance to motorists 3,543 times.

District 9 troopers completed 2,120 enforcement stops and 1,440 non-enforcement stops.

The Labor Day reporting period began Friday, September 1 at 12 a.m. and concluded Monday, September 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Information for this article provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Staff Report