COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol released stats Tuesday showing that fewer people died in car crashes on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving weekend than in recent years.
Nine people died during the five day reporting period, from Wednesday, November 25 until Sunday, November 29. In 2014, 23 people died in crashes, 17 in 2013, and 12 in 2012.
The Patrol made 498 arrests for OVI, 688 for aggressive driving and issued 1,651 citations for not wearing safety belts, all three increases over last year. Mahoning County had more incidents than any other county, 895, during the period. Trumbull County came in seventh with 509 incidents.
“We are always pleased to see a decrease in lives lost on Ohio’s roadways. However, we can’t settle until the number of fatalities is zero,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “The Ohio State
Highway Patrol is committed to keeping you and your family safe on our roads, every day and every night.”
Below is a breakdown of where the incidents happened and more information about the crashes: