Patrol Releases New Year’s Holiday Report

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For Immediate Release: January 2, 2020
Contact: Staff Lieutenant Craig Cvetan (614) 752-2792

Patrol Releases New Year’s Holiday Report

 Traffic Crash Fatalities Decreased

COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting four deaths on Ohio’s roadways during the 2019-2020 New Year holiday according to provisional statistics. 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, December 31, 2019 and ran through 11:59 p.m. on January 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

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