COLUMBUS - Provisional numbers released by the State Highway Patrol show there were 13 people killed on Ohio’s roadways over the Thanksgiving Holiday which is two below the four-year average.
During the reporting period, which began midnight on Wednesday, and ran through midnight Sunday, 13 people were killed in 11 crashes statewide. This is an increase from last year, when 12 people were killed in nine fatal crashes. Of the 13 killed, seven were not wearing an available safety belt, three were killed in two OVI-related crashes and one pedestrian was killed. The Patrol arrested 503 drivers for OVI during the holiday weekend, a nearly nine percent increase over last year’s holiday.
Provisional statistics through November of this year show that alcohol-related fatal crashes are down with 277 killed compared to 468 at this same time period last year.