Highway patrol reports 17 fatalities, 908 OVI arrests over July Fourth weekend

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– Seventeen people lost their lives during traffic crashes in Ohio over the Fourth of July weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said on Thursday.

Impaired driving was a factor in five of those crashes, which occurred between June 30 and July 4.

“When someone chooses to drive after a night of drinking, the consequences can be deadly,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, patrol superintendent, in a news release on Thursday. “That’s why troopers make OVI enforcement a priority, whether they’re patrolling during a long holiday weekend or any other night. Motorists should be smart and always plan a sober way home.”

Troopers arrested 908 people for operating a vehicle under the influence and 624 on drug-related charges.

Last year during the four-day Fourth of July weekend, there were 12 deadly crashes and seven involved impaired driving.