Impaired driving arrests up over Memorial Day weekend

COLUMBUS -- The numbers are in and impaired driving arrests increased over Memorial Day weekend, while the number of traffic deaths decreased compared to last year, says Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Preliminary statistics show 13 people were killed on the roads over the weekend, which is five fewer than last year. Meanwhile, troopers made 757 OVI arrests, which is up 7 percent since last year.

Three of those deaths are OVI-related, highway patrol says.

Seat belt violations were up a staggering 19 percent since 2013, with troopers citing 7,278 people.

The four-day weekend began Friday, May 23, running through Monday, May 26.

Highway Patrol is working on a map breaking down activity over the Memorial Day weekend. When launched, it will be available at http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/MemorialDay_2014.


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