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Ohio State Highway Patrol reports decrease in road fatalities during Memorial Day weekend

There were nine deaths on the state's roadways this weekend, a drop from 20 from the year before.

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Prior to the Memorial Day weekend holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) had campaigned hard to promote safe driving and wearing seat belts to keep everyone safe on the state's roadways. 

It appears that extra work made a difference. 

On Tuesday, the OSHP reported nine deaths took place on Ohio's roads during the 2021 Memorial Day weekend, according to provisional statistics. This year's holiday saw fewer fatalities than in 2020, when there were 20 traffic deaths during the weekend. 

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When compared to the previous three year average, the number of fatalities dropped by 49 percent this year. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 28 and ran through Monday, May 31.

State troopers made 25,658 traffic enforcement contacts; including 549 OVI arrests, 377 drug arrests and 3,720 safety belt citations. In addition, the Patrol made 13,448 non-enforcement contacts including 2,523 motorist assists.

In a county-by-county review, Franklin County had the most incidents during the weekend with just over 2,000. There were 986 incidents in Portage County, 886 in Cuyahoga County, 876 in Lorain County, and 825 in Summit County.

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