(Columbus, OH) Two dozen people died on Ohio roadways during the long Labor Day weekend.
The state highway patrol reports at least 22 crashes resulting in 24 deaths between Friday and Monday. Nearly half of those who died failed to use safety equipment such as a seat belt or a motorcycle helmet.
Alcohol played a part in at least four deaths. Troopers made more than 33,000 traffic stops during the Labor Day weekend-- with over 800 arrests for impaired driving and over 500 drug-related arrests.
More than 6,000 drivers were cited for not properly using seat belts. All of those numbers are a increase over the same period last year.