COLUMBUS, OH (Toledo News Now) – This Labor Day weekend, troopers cracked down on drug activity, making 194 drug arrests, an increase at more than 21 percent.
The holiday reporting period took place from midnight Friday, Aug. 31 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3.
Labor Day weekend is historically known for being a dangerous time on Ohio roadways, and this year was no different. Despite the death of 13 people (who were killed in 13 separate crashes this year), Ohio experienced a decrease of two fatalities when compared to 2011. Fatalities reached a four-year high in 2009, with 20 deaths recorded during the four-day reporting period.
"While one fatality is one too many, it is encouraging to see a reduction in deaths this holiday weekend," said Col. John Born, superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. "Ohio's troopers were out in full force this holiday weekend and their efforts undoubtedly saved lives."
OSHP saw a significant increase in safety belt citations more than 23 percent when compared to last year. Overall enforcement was up more than 9 percent, with troopers stopping more than 29,000 vehicles for issuing citations.
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