New Year's holiday fatalities up from last year

COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - New Year's Holiday fatalities have increased over last year's holiday weekend.

During this New Year's Holiday reporting period of Midnight, Friday, December 30, 2011 through 11:59 p.m., Monday January, 2, 2012, 13 people were killed on Ohio's roadways.

This is an increase of three deaths from last year when 10 were killed during the same reporting period. Of this New Year's Holiday fatalities, nearly half of those killed were not wearing a safety belt.

"Wearing a safety belt is the best way to protect yourself during a crash," explained Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. "Between buckling-up and driving sober - far too many of these fatal crashes are preventable."

The public is encouraged to continue using 1-877-7-PATROL to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as stranded motorists.

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