Traffic Fatalities Increase
COLUMBUS – Provisional statistics released today show more motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Christmas holiday, as compared to the two previous years. During the two-day reporting period, from Tuesday, December 23, at 12 a.m. until Wednesday, December 25, at 11:59 p.m., 12 people were killed in eight fatal crashes. Eleven people were killed in 2018, which ran from December 21 to 25.
“We need motorists to commit to keeping our roads safe by planning ahead to designate a sober driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro. “Motorists can help fight the battle against impaired driving by actively influencing friends and family to do the same.”
The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity. A statistical analysis of the Patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday is available at https://statepatrol.ohio.gov/links/Christmas2019_PIO.PDF