2018 Memorial Day weekend traffic fatality count consistent with recent years

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported 15 deaths on Ohio roadways during Memorial Day weekend, which remains consistent with the 15 fatalities reported in 2017 and 2016, according to provisional statistics.

Two fatality reports were OVI related and two resulted from not wearing a seat belt.

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The four-day reporting period began May 25 and continued through May 28.

"We take enforcing traffic laws seriously, and troopers were highly visible this weekend to encourage safety," said Col. Paul A. Pride, patrol superintendent. "We thank everyone who slowed down, buckled up and designated sober drivers this weekend. We ask that you do the same every time you get behind the wheel."

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Troopers made 36,582 traffic enforcement contacts; including 787 OVI arrests, 490 drug arrests and 8,242 safety belt citations. In addition, the patrol made 17,905 non-enforcement contacts including 4,077 motorist assists.

Year to date, there have been 380 confirmed fatalities on Ohio's roads. That is a four percent decrease over the same time last year.

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