Ohio State Highway Patrol car

COLUMBUS -- Four people died on Ohio roads during the 2019-2020 New Year's holiday period, according to provisional statistics provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Two fatalities were the result of not wearing a seat belt when available and one was OVI-related.

The two-day reporting period began at midnight Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, and ran through 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2020. This is lower than the four-day reporting period last year, when 12 fatalities were reported.

Troopers made 2,196 traffic enforcement contacts, including 121 OVI arrests, 48 distracted driving and 278 safety belt citations.

The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity. A statistical analysis of the Patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday is available at https://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/links/NewYear2020_PIO.pdf.

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