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Patrol makes more than 29,000 traffic contacts during holiday

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COLUMBUS — Troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol made more than 29,000 traffic contacts this July 4th holiday, an increase of 13 percent when compared to the previous year.

In addition, four people lost their lives over the two-day reporting period which began at midnight Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Thursday. Of the fatal crashes, one crash was known to be alcohol-related.

Despite the shortened mid-week reporting period, the troopers made 282 arrests for impaired driving, an increase of seven percent when compared to the same period in 2012.

In addition, troopers issued 1,745 citations for aggressive driving, an increase of 29 percent over 2012.

“Impaired driving continues to be a significant threat to all Ohioans,” Colonel John Born, patrol superintendent said in a release. “The patrol is committed to removing these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

Troopers encourage the public to continue using #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

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