With Labor Day weekend here, the State Highway Patrol is asking us to help Ohio achieve a record year by not driving impaired, buckling-up, and keeping our focus on the road. During last year’s four-day holiday reporting period, 14 people lost their lives on Ohio’s roadways with five of those deaths involving an impaired driver.
“With everyone’s commitment to ensuring a safe Labor Day weekend, there is no reason why Ohio can’t achieve fewer than 1,000 traffic fatalities in 2013,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent.
The Patrol announced today that Ohio is on pace to establish a record low in traffic fatalities in 2013. Ohio’s previous record low occurred in 2011, when 1,014 people were killed in traffic-related crashes on Ohio’s roadways.
While one death on our roads is one too many, preliminary data indicates 568 confirmed deaths and an additional 35 provisional unconfirmed deaths for a total “worst-case scenario” of 603 traffic deaths during the first two-thirds of the year. By comparison, during the same time period in 2011, there had been 649 people killed in traffic-related crashes.
You're encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity.
The State Patrol along with the Logan County Sheriff's Office and Russells Point Police Department conducted an OVI checkpoint on Main Street in Russells Point Thursday from 8-10 p.m.
Troopers report that no one was arrested or cited at the checkpoint.