The Ohio State Highway Patrol has reported nine deaths on Ohio’s roadways during the 2021 Memorial Day weekend, according to provisional statistics.
This Memorial Day saw fewer fatalities than last year, when there were 20 traffic deaths during the weekend. When compared to the previous three-year average, the number of fatalities dropped by 49% this year. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 28, and ran through Monday, May 31.
Richland County’s numbers reflected a similar decrease.
State troopers made 25,658 traffic enforcement contacts, including 549 OVI arrests, 377 drug arrests and 3,720 safety belt citations. In addition, the Patrol made 13,448 non-enforcement contacts including 2,523 motorist assists.
Troopers remind motorists that roadway safety is a shared responsibility. Everyone can contribute to making our roadways safer by following traffic laws, wearing safety belts and driving sober.
You can help contribute to a safer Ohio by calling #677 to report drug activity and dangerous or impaired driving.
There were no traffic deaths this Memorial Day weekend in Richland County. There were 704 total Ohio State Highway Patrol involved contacts with the public in Richland County, however. This includes cases involving enforcement, non-enforcement, crashes, OVIs, suspended licenses, distracted driving, safety belts, assists, drugs, felony arrests, and felony warrants.
ODOT District 3, of which Richland County is a part, had the highest number of traffic crashes that weekend, with 113 crashes recorded.