- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The State Highway Patrol says fewer motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways over this year’s Thanksgiving holiday period than in recent years.

The patrol says provisional numbers show nine people were killed in seven crashes during the five-day reporting period from Wednesday, Nov. 25, until Sunday, Nov. 29. That was a decrease from the past three years. A patrol release says 23 people were killed in 2014, 17 were killed in 2013 and 12 were killed in 2012.

The patrol made 498 arrests for OVI and 688 for aggressive driving this year and issued more than 1,600 citations for not wearing safety belts. The arrests and citations increased from last year.

A complete statistical analysis of the patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday weekend is available on the agency’s website.

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