Fatalities down, OVIs up in Ohio over Labor Day weekend

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Department of Public Safety says fatal crashes over Labor Day weekend decreased in comparison to last year, but the amount of OVIs were up.

Officials say 10 people were killed this year on Ohio's roadways, down from nine last year.

Fatalities reached a five-year high in 2007, with 24 deaths – 10 being alcohol-related. Provisional data indicates this year was the lowest in alcohol-related fatal crashes in the past five years with three of the 10 crashes related to alcohol.

In addition to the decreasing fatalities, troopers were cracking down on dangerous drivers over the weekend.

Troopers arrested 693 drivers for OVI – more than a 14 percent increase – throughout the holiday reporting period of Midnight on Friday, September 2 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 5.

The Patrol saw the largest increase in aggressive driving citations – with an increase of nearly 30 percent when compared to last year. Overall enforcement was up more than 13 percent, with troopers stopping nearly 27,000 vehicles in which a citation was issued.

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