OSHP makes more than 29K contacts over July 4th holiday

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Highway Patrol made more than 29,000 traffic contacts this July 4th holiday, an increase of 13 percent when compared to the previous year.

In addition, four people died over the two-day reporting period, which began Wednesday at midnight through 11:59 p.m. Thursday. Of the fatal crashes, one crash was known to be alcohol-related.

Despite the shortened mid-week reporting period, the patrol made 282 arrests for impaired driving, an increase of seven percent when compared to the same period in 2012. In addition, troopers issued 1,745 citations for aggressive driving, an increase of 29 percent over 2012.

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