15 killed on Ohio highways during Thanksgiving holiday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTAP) - Fifteen people, including two pedestrians, were killed on Ohio highways during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period, according to preliminary statistics released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

None of the fatalities occurred in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The fatalities occurred in 13 crashes reported between Wednesday and Sunday. Two of the crashes involved impaired drivers and two of the victims were not wearing safety belts. troopers said.

“The lack of safety belt usage remains a significant problem,” Col. Richard S. Fambro, the patrol's superintendent said. “Wearing a safety belt remains the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and your friends from being severely hurt or killed in a crash.”

Troopers also reported arresting 389 people for operating a vehicle while impaired and 172 for drug violations. Troopers also issued 1,002 safety belt and 89 distracted-driving violations.

Seven people died on Ohio highways during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday.

You can find more details on the patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday by clicking on the related link to the right of this story.