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Patrol: Provisional Data Show Fewer Holiday Traffic Deaths

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State Highway Patrol officials say provisional figures show fewer motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving holiday period than in recent years.

The patrol said in a release Monday that seven people were killed during the five day reporting period, from Wednesday, November 23, through Sunday, November 27. The patrol says 9 people were killed on roads in Ohio over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday period, 23 were killed in 2014 and 17 were killed in 2013.

Troopers say they arrested 460 drivers for operating a vehicle under the influence, 454 for aggressive driving and 1,320 for not wearing safety belts.

A complete statistical analysis of the patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday period is available on the Ohio State Highway Patrol website.