COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in high numbers this upcoming weekend in an effort to keep motorists safe on the roads.
The effort will begin on Friday, May 27 and will go through Memorial Day Monday, May 30.
The Patrol released crash and arrest numbers related to the 2021 Memorial Day weekend.
- 14 fatal crashes that killed 15 people
- Five of the 15 fatalities were OVI-related, Four were not wearing their seatbelt
- Seven of the Eight motorcyclists who died were not wearing a helmet
- Highway Patrol made 557 impaired driving arrests
“The safety of all motorists depends on responsible behavior, such as buckling up and driving sober,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “This Memorial Day and every day, we encourage drivers to make responsible decisions.”
A high emphasis will be placed on safety belt use around the region this weekend. A 6-state initiative including the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, West Virginia State Police and the Patrol will be out in higher numbers to enforce safety belt use.
The initiative started on May 23 and will continue through June 5.
“As you travel about Ohio during the official kickoff to summer, plan ahead by designating a sober driver,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “Driving impaired puts your life and that of others in danger.”
Editor's Note: The video above is from an unrelated story posted on May 24, 2022.