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Labor Day traffic citations up, deaths down

 
Labor Day traffic citations up, deaths down
Posted Tuesday, September 3rd 2013 @ 1pm  by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- The number of people arrested over Labor Day for impaired driving and drugs were up while the number of deadly crashes were down, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Troopers made 263 drug arrests, a more than a 32 percent increase, throughout the holiday reporting period of Friday through Monday. Aggressive driving citations were up more than 67 percent with 3,727 drivers cited. 762 drivers were arrested for being impaired behind the wheel, up 9 percent from last year.

Meanwhile, 13 people were killed in 11 crashes over the holiday which is historically a dangerous one on Ohio roadways. Last year there were 14 traffic deaths in 14 crashes. So far, three of this year's deadly crashes involved impaired drivers. Six of the deaths were motorcyclists.

“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 Ohio State Highway Patrol. “Ohio’s troopers were out in full force this holiday weekend and their efforts undoubtedly saved lives.”

Troopers also saw a 23 percent increase in safety belt citations compared to last year. Overall enforcement was up more than nine percent, with troopers stopping more than 29,000 vehicles in which a citation was issued.

(Photo courtesy Ohio State Highway Patrol)

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