State Patrol warns travelers about holiday season driving

State Patrol warns travelers about holiday season driving

(WOIO) - The Ohio State Patrol will be out in full force this holiday season, making sure drivers stay safe.

OSP says last year in Ohio, eight people died in OVI-related crashes between Christmas and New Year's.

So far, five people have been killed in traffic-related crashes between December 24 through 11:59 December 25.

Three of those deaths attributed to impaired driving. OSP is urging drivers to no drive impaired, buckle-up and stay focused on the road.

"We are seeing positive results from the hard work of our troopers on the road everyday removing impaired and dangerous drivers from the roadways," said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent.

Year-to-date troopers have made an additional 944 more OVI arrests than when compared to the same time period last year- preliminary data shows OVI-related fatal crashes down 18 percent.

The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity.

For a complete statistical recap of the Patrol's Holiday enforcement visit

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