Patrol releases New Year Holiday report


COLUMBUS – According to provisional statistics, 11 people killed on Ohio roadways this New Year holiday.

During the four-day reporting period, from Friday, Dec. 30, at 12 a.m. until Monday, Jan. 2, at 11:59 p.m., 11 people were killed in nine fatal crashes, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol press release. Impairment was a factor in six fatalities, while eight were not were safety belts.

During reporting period, troopers removed 214 impaired drivers from Ohio’s roads, while citing 67 for distracted driving and 101 for illegal drug violations.

This is a decrease from the four-day reporting period last year, when 12 fatalities were reported.

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/NewYearHoliday2023_PIO.pdf.