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12 people were killed in traffic-related crashes over the 4th of July weekend in Ohio, troopers say

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 17:18:07-04

CLEVELAND — The number of people who died in traffic-related crashes over the Fourth of July holiday in the state of Ohio increased over last year.

Twelve people were killed in 12 crashes between July 3 and 7, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. During last year's Fourth of July weekend, there were a total of four fatal crashes that killed eight people.

Impairment was determined to be a factor in at least three of this year's crashes.

Troopers made 709 arrests for impaired driving and 507 arrests for drug-related charges.

“Impaired driving is a risk to everyone’s safety on our roads,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, patrol superintendent. “That’s why troopers make OVI enforcement a priority.”