OSHP: Fatalities, impaired driving, drug arrests up this Thanksgiving holiday

9:57 p.m Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 Local

The number of fatal crashes and the fatalities resulting from them this 2017 Thanksgiving holiday reporting period are up compared to the same five-day period in 2016, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a prepared statement Monday. 

For the period from midnight Wednesday, Nov. 22, to 11:59 p.m., Nov. 26: 

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Arrests for operating a vehicle while impaired, drug violations and seat belts also increased this year over 2016 

"The lack of safety belt usage remains a significant problem," said Col. Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. "Motorists need to remember wearing a safety belt is the most important thing they can do to protect themselves during a crash." 

In the first 10 months of 2017, alcohol-involved fatal crashes have decreased by 15 percent. During the same time period, troopers made more than 23,000 arrests for driving while impaired, an 8 percent increase from 2016.

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