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Ohio State Highway Patrol reports 22 traffic fatalities over Independence Day weekend Staff




The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 22 people lost their lives in 21 traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began Thursday, July 2, 2020 and ended Sunday, July 5, 2020.

Impairment was determined to be a factor in at least five of those crashes.

Troopers made 425 arrests for impaired driving and 280 for drug-related charges.

The Patrol responded to 631 crashes and made more than 22,494 traffic contacts in total, which included providing assistance to more than 2,900 motorists.

In Seneca County, the Patrol reported 136 incidents over the holiday reporting period. Sandusky County had the fourth-highest rate of incidents throughout the state, with 585 reported incidents.

“Driving impaired remains a significant problem,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “We need motorists to commit to keeping our roads safe. Designate a sober driver.”

During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period from July 3 to July 7, there were a total of 16 fatal crashes that killed 17 people.

Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

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