Patrol releases Christmas holiday report

Staff report

COLUMBUS — Provisional statistics released Monday show fewer motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Christmas holiday, as compared to the two previous years.

During the four-day reporting period, from Thursday, Dec. 24, at 12 a.m. until Sunday, Dec. 27, at 11:59 p.m., nine people were killed in seven fatal crashes. Sixty-six percent of those killed in fatal crashes over the holiday were not wearing an available safety belt. Using a safety belt remains the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

Troopers removed 142 impaired drivers from Ohio’s roads during the holiday, which is an increase of 137 percent compared to last year. Motorists are reminded to plan ahead and designate a sober driver or make other arrangements to ensure everyone arrives safely at their destination.

In Miami County, 115 people were stopped for a variety of incidents, which may have included crashes, suspended licenses, distracted driving, OVI, drugs, safety belts and more.

Twelve people were killed in 2019, which ran from Dec. 23 to 25. In 2018, there were 11 people were killed, which ran from Dec. 21-25.

The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity. A statistical analysis of the patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday is available at https://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/links/Christmas2020_PIO.pdf.