Patrol releases Christmas holiday report


COLUMBUS – According to provisional statistics from the Ohio Highway Patrol, 13 people killed on Ohio roadways this Christmas holiday.

During the four-day reporting period, from Friday, Dec. 23, at midnight until Monday, Dec. 26, at 11:59 p.m., 13 people were killed in seven fatal crashes. Of the 13 killed this year, impairment was a factor in one crash.

Troopers removed 56 impaired drivers from Ohio’s roads during the holiday, while citing 14 for distracted driving and 21 for drugs.

In 2019, there were 12 people killed, which ran from Dec. 24 to 25. In 2021, there were 10 fatal crashes which killed 10 people during the four-day holiday period. Last year’s reporting period ran from Thursday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, De. 26.

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 https://statepatrol.ohio.gov/static/links/Christmas2022_PIO.pdf.