Provisional statistics released this week by the Ohio State Highway Patrol show fewer motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Christmas holiday, as compared to the two previous years.
During the four-day reporting period, from Thursday, Dec. 24, at midnight, until Sunday, Dec. 27, at 11:59 p.m., nine people were killed in seven fatal crashes. Sixty-six percent of those killed in fatal crashes over the holiday were not wearing an available safety belt. Using a safety belt remains the single most effective way to be protected in a crash.
Troopers removed 142 impaired drivers from Ohio’s roads during the holiday, an increase of 137% compared to last year. Motorists are reminded to plan ahead and designate a sober driver or make other arrangements to ensure everyone arrives safely to their destination.
Twelve people were killed in 2019 during the reported period which ran from Dec. 23-25. In 2018, 11 people were killed between Dec. 21-25.
OSHP encourages the public to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity. A statistical analysis of OSHP enforcement activity over the holiday is available at www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/links/Christmas2020_PIO.pdf.