Patrol arrested 749 for OVI over July 4 weekend

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Highway Patrol made 749 arrests for impaired driving and 318 for drug-related charges over this Fourth of July holiday period, which began Thursday, July 3 and ended Sunday, July 6.

During the reporting period, troopers made nearly 57,000 traffic contacts, which included assisting more than 4,700 motorists. A total of 6,429 citations were issued for safety belt violations, along with 2,975 citations for aggressive driving.

Twelve people lost their lives in a total of 11 traffic crashes during the four-day reporting period. Four of the crashes were OVI-related.

During the shortened two-day reporting period in 2013, six people died in five crashes, one of which was alcohol-related.

Troopers encourage the public to continue reporting impaired drivers or drug activity by calling #677.