COLUMBUS, OH (Toledo News Now) – On the threshold of the Fourth of July holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the final 2011 fatality numbers, which have been confirmed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The year 2011 will go down in history as the safest year on record, with a total of 1,015 traffic fatalities.
However, so far in 2012, fatalities have been on the rise and the OSHP cautions that work needs to be done to further reduce impaired driving crashes and the resulting fatalities.
"We recognize last year's record accomplishment, but need the public's help to reverse the upward trend in 2012," said Col. John Born. "Last year, more impaired drivers were arrested and fewer impaired driving crashes occurred, but there's significantly more work to do."
Last year, operating a vehicle impaired arrests were up 8 percent and OVI-related fatal crashes decreased by 10 percent. Through May of 2012, OVI arrests were up 10 percent and OVI-related fatal crashes were down 26 percent.
The Fourth of July is traditionally a dangerous holiday period on Ohio roads, particularly for impaired driving. During the holiday weekend in 2011, troopers arrested 598 drivers for OVI from Friday, July 1 at midnight through Monday, July 4 at 11:59 p.m.
Troopers will be out in full force removing impaired drivers from Ohio's roadways this week and encourage the public to continue using #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.
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