Highway Patrol reports 24 people lost their lives in Ohio over Labor Day weekend

Posted at 2:29 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 14:29:59-04

The Ohio State Highway Patrol kept busy Labor Day weekend, arresting a total of 845 drivers for OVI.

Troopers made more impaired driving, drug and seat belt arrests this holiday weekend than the same weekend last year.

Highway Patrol also issued 6,171 safety belt citations, 536 drug arrests and 150 felony arrests.

Troopers report 24 people lost their lives over the weekend in 22 crashes, an increase from 2016. Alcohol was a contributing factor in at least four of those deaths. Eleven people lost their lives after not using a seatbelt or wearing a motorcycle helmet.

The Labor Day reporting period began Friday, September 1 at 12 a.m. and went until Monday, September 4 at 11:59 p.m.