9 die on Ohio roads over Fourth of July weekend

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported nine fatalities this Fourth of July holiday weekend with 67 percent of the fatal crashes being OVI-related.

Over the 3 ¼ day reporting period, OSP says state troopers arrested 692 impaired drivers and assisted 4,819 motorists.

Last year during the holiday reporting period of 1 ¼ days, 10 people were killed on Ohio roads, with six being OVI-related. State troopers arrested 294 impaired drivers, and assisted 3,332 motorists.

In addition to this year's traffic enforcement efforts, the Patrol had 32 felony arrests, 127 drug violations and seized five weapons statewide.

The following Ohio traffic statistics are for the holiday weekend period of July 3 at 6 p.m. through July 6 at midnight.