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Troopers: Drug arrests up, fatalities down

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COLUMBUS — Troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol made 194 drug arrests throughout the holiday weekend reporting period of midnight Friday through 11:59 p.m. Monday, which accounts for more than a 21 percent increase in drug arrests when compared to last year.

Labor Day weekend is historically known for being a dangerous time on Ohio roadways, and this year was no different. A total of 13 people were killed in 13 separate crashes during the holiday weekend this year.

However, Ohio experienced a decrease of two fatalities when compared to Labor Day weekend of 2011. Fatalities reached a four-year high in 2009, with 20 deaths recorded during the four-day reporting period.

“While one fatality is one too many, it is encouraging to see a reduction in deaths this holiday weekend,” said Colonel John Born, 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 more than 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, visit www.statepatrol.ohio.gov.

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