This Labor Day weekend, troopers were cracking down on drug activity and aggressive drivers. Troopers made 263 drug arrests – more than a 32 percent increase – throughout the holiday reporting period of Midnight on Friday, August 30 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 2. In addition, aggressive driving citations were up more than 67 percent with 3,727 drivers cited and OVI arrests were up nine percent with 762 drivers arrested.
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 11 crashes this year, Ohio experienced a decrease of a fatality when compared to 2012 when 14 people died in 14 crashes. Of those killed, three were attributed to an impaired driver and six were motorcyclists.
“While one fatality is one too many, it is encouraging to see a reduction in deaths this holiday weekend,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, superintendent of the Patrol. “Ohio’s troopers were out in full force this holiday weekend and their efforts undoubtedly saved lives.”
The Patrol saw a significant increase in safety belt citations – with an increase of over 23 percent when compared to last year. Overall enforcement was up more than nine percent, with troopers stopping more than 29,000 vehicles in which a citation was issued.
For a complete breakdown of the Patrol’s Labor Day enforcement, please visit www.statepatrol.ohio.gov.