The Ohio State Highway Patrol has reported that fewer people were killed this Thanksgiving than in the previous three Thanksgiving weekends.
Car accidents killed 17 people in 2011, 18 in 2010, and 20 in 2009, a press release stated. This year, 11 people died between midnight on Wednesday and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. Four deaths were the result of a one-car crash in Warren in which alcohol is the suspected culprit. OSHP reportedly arrested 459 drivers for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI).
“We are encouraged by the reduction of fatalities this weekend – however, motorists need to remember that wearing a safety belt is the single most important thing they can do to protect themselves during a crash,” said Colonel John Born.
Not one of the 11 who died was wearing his or her seatbelt.