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COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that 22 people lost their lives in 21 Ohio traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began Thursday, July 2 and ended Sunday, July 5.

Impairment was determined to be a factor in at least five of those crashes.

Troopers made 425 arrests for impaired driving and 280 for drug-related charges. The Patrol responded to 631 crashes and made more than 22,494 traffic contacts in total, which included providing assistance to more than 2,900 motorists.

“Driving impaired remains a significant problem,” said Col. Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “We need motorists to commit to keeping our roads safe. Designate a sober driver.”

Richland County had 447 traffic incdents. Ashland County had 313 traffic incidents while Knox County had 171 and Crawford County had 152.

During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period from July 3 to July 7, there were a total of 16 fatal crashes that killed 17 people. Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

For a complete breakdown and map of Patrol activity, please visit https://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/links/July4th2020.pdf.

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