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Early data: 4 deaths on Ohio roads over holiday period

Posted: 6:09 AM, Jan 03, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-03 06:09:40-05
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Preliminary data shows four deaths on Ohio roads over the two-day 2019-2020 holiday period that included New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, the State Highway Patrol reported.

The most recent two-day reporting period began at midnight Tuesday, December 31, 2019, and ran through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Two of the people who died over that period were not wearing available seat belts, and one fatality was related to operating a vehicle under the influence, the patrol said in a release Thursday.

Troopers made 121 OVI arrests and also issued 48 citations for distracted driving and 278 citations for seat belt violations, according to the patrol.

A total of 12 fatalities were reported a year ago when the holiday reporting period covered four days, the patrol said.