State Highway Patrol: OVI-related fatalities down over Memorial Day weekend; 14 fatalities in all

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State Highway Patrol says there were 14 traffic fatalities over the Memorial Day weekend, up one from last year, but OVI-related fatalities were down. Two of the fatalities were reported in Lake County and one in Richland County.

OSHP made more impaired driving, drug and felony arrests this Memorial Day weekend compared to the 2012 holiday weekend. Drug arrests were up more than 62 percent, felony arrests were up more than 20 percent and crashes increased 6.1 percent.

OVI-related fatalities decreased to three for the weekend, down from seven in 2012. But OVI arrests increased nearly 5 percent.

In Cuyahoga County, there were 2,107 incidents reported by OSHP.

The patrol's Columbus district encompassing Central Ohio experienced the highest amount of OVI and drug arrests, with 148 and 98 respectively.

The four-day reporting period began May 24 at midnight and ran through May 27 at 11:59 p.m.

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