Fatalities up on Ohio's roads over Thanksgiving holiday

Fatalities up on Ohio's roads over Thanksgiving holiday

More people were killed on Ohio's roadways over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend than in recent years, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced Tuesday.

Nineteen died in 17 crashes during the five day reporting period from midnight November 26 to midnight Sunday.

This is an increase from the past three years when 17 were killed in 2013, 12 in 2012 and 17 in 2011.

Of the 19 killed, seven were not wearing an available safety belt, five were killed in OVI-related crashes and four were pedestrians.

Troopers arrested 444 drivers for OVI, cited 655 for aggressive driving and cited 1,316 for not wearing safety belts.

There was some good news to report Tuesday: OVI-related fatal crashes are down so far this year through November with 295 killed compared to 317 in the same time period last year.

Also, those who died without wearing seatbelts also declined during the same period, with 367 this year compared to 393 in 2013.

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