Big change in number of Ohio highway deaths over holiday weekend

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – There was a significant decrease in the number of people who lost their lives on Ohio’s highways this weekend, compared to last year.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 16 people lost their lives in 15 traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began Friday, July 2 and ended Monday, July 5. Impairment was determined to be a factor in at least five of those crashes. 

One of those fatal crashes was in Mahoning County.

There were 40,000 incidents troopers checked out across the state. In Trumbull County, there were 941, which ranked 7th. Mahoning County had 794 and Columbiana County 320.

Troopers made 536 arrests for impaired driving and 368 for drug-related charge and responded to 534 crashes.

During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period, which was also from July 2 through 5, a total of 24 fatal crashes killed 25 people. Of those, 17 crashes and 18 fatalities involved alcohol and/or drugs.

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