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OSHP asks drivers to keep safe driving practices in mind during Memorial Day weekend

Posted at 7:50 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 19:24:44-04

CLEVELAND — The Ohio State Highway Patrol said this Memorial Day weekend will be unlike any other as troopers expect a lot more Ohioans will take to the roads since many travel and stay-at-home restrictions have been lifted.

Troopers are asking drivers to keep in mind those safe driving habits this weekend.

  • Don’t text and drive
  • Wear a seatbelt
  • If you’re drinking, have a designated driver

Last year during the holiday weekend, there were 12 fatal crashes that took the lives of 15 people, eight of those deaths were the result of drugs or alcohol.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol also made over 500 arrests during the Memorial Day Weekend last year.

"We helped flatten the curve with the virus. Help us flatten this curve with traffic fatalities and make this holiday weekend fatal-free,” said Sgt. Ray Santiago, of OSHP.

Throughout the pandemic, the patrol has been asking drivers to limit unnecessary exposures by obeying those traffic laws. They do have personal protective equipment available in their cruisers to use and will use it this weekend.

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