OSHP troopers arrest 749 for OVI over holiday weekend

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Highway Patrol made 749 arrests for impaired driving and 318 for drug-related charges over this Fourth of July holiday period, which began Thursday and ended Sunday.

During the reporting period, troopers made nearly 57,000 traffic contacts, which included assisting more than 4,700 motorists, the patrol said in a press release today.

Twelve people lost their lives in a total of 11 traffic crashes during the four-day reporting period. Four of the crashes were related to operating a vehicle while impaired.

During the shortened two-day reporting period in 2013, six people died in five crashes, one of which was alcohol-related.

Troopers also issued 6,429 citations this year for seat-belt violations and 2,975 citations for aggressive driving.

Troopers encourage the public to continue reporting impaired drivers or drug activity with #677.

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