Aggressive driving and drug arrests up

Aggressive driving and drug arrests were up over the holiday weekend.

According to the Ohio State Patrol, troopers made 263 drug arrests across the state, more than a 32 percent increase compared to last year. Aggressive driving citations were up more than 67 percent with 3,727 cited. OVI arrests were up by nine percent with 762 drivers arrested. The Patrol collected data beginning midnight Friday and concluded Monday, Sept. 2.

Total trooper activity was recorded over the four-day period. Over 2,000 incidents were reported in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, with 1,180 and 1,138 respectively. There were 602 in Columbiana County.

Thirteen people were killed in 11 crashes on Ohio’s roadways over the holiday weekend. Of those deaths, three were attributed to impaired driving and six were motorcyclists. There were 14 people killed in 2012.

“While one fatality is one too many, it is encouraging to see a reduction in deaths this holiday weekend,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, superintendent of the Patrol. “Ohio’s troopers were out in full force this holiday weekend and their efforts undoubtedly saved lives.”

Safety belt violations were also up compared to last year and overall enforcement was up more than nine percent with a total of 29,000 citations issued.

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