A reduced number of traveling motorists may have contributed to a somewhat safer Thanksgiving holiday period on Ohio roads, according to numbers shared by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Provisional numbers indicate that nine people were killed in nine crashes during that five day reporting period (Wednesday at midnight through Sunday at midnight), as compared to 15 fatal crashes in 2019 in which 18 people lost their lives.
Of the nine fatalities this year, four were not wearing a seat belt, and two involved impaired driving, according to the Patrol.
Troopers arrested 298 people for operating a vehicle while impaired and 193 for drugs. Troopers also issued 944 safety belt and 146 distracted driving violations.
Throughout the holiday reporting period, troopers also assisted 2,135 motorists.
This shared, Richland County had 485 incidents during the period, which was the fifth highest amount in the state. Additional statistics can be seen in the graphic below.
According to provisional statistics, nine people were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving holiday. Troopers arrested 298 people for operating a vehicle while impaired and 193 for drugs. More stats at https://t.co/BxfKI00mY8 pic.twitter.com/KDKpyENaqy
— Ohio State Patrol (@OSHP) November 30, 2020