Ohio Highway Patrol Reports Rise In Traffic Deaths Over New Year Holiday

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting that 11 people died on Ohio roadways over the 2018-2019 New Year's holiday. 

Of the eleven fatalities, the Patrol says four were OVI-related. Another six were the result of not wearing a seat belt. The five-day reporting period began at midnight Friday, December 28, 2018 and ran through 11:59pm on January 1, 2019.

For the entire year of 2018, the Patrol says there was a decrease in fatal crashes on Ohio's roadways. According to the Patrol's data, there were 1,063 confirmed fatalities in 2018. That's a 10% decrease compared to 2017.

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