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Labor Day holiday fatalities down, drug arrests up

COLUMBUS – This Labor Day weekend, troopers were cracking down on drug activity. Troopers made 194 drug arrests – more than a 21 percent increase – throughout the holiday reporting period of Midnight on Friday, August 31 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 3.

Labor Day weekend is historically known for being a dangerous time on Ohio roadways, and this year was no different. Despite the death of 13 people, who were killed in 13 separate crashes this year, Ohio experienced a decrease of two fatalities when compared to 2011. Fatalities reached a four-year high in 2009, with 20 deaths recorded during the four day reporting period.

“While one fatality is one too many, it is encouraging to see a reduction in deaths this holiday weekend,” said Colonel John Born, superintendent of the Patrol. “Ohio’s troopers were out in full force this holiday weekend and their efforts undoubtedly saved lives.”

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