COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 13 people were killed in 11 crashes on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That's one higher than last year, but two below the four-year average.
Of the 13 killed, seven were not wearing an available safety belt, three were killed in two OVI-related crashes, and one pedestrian was killed.
"Even though we are encouraged that OVI-related fatalities decreased this holiday, lack of safety belt usage remains a significant problem area," said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent.
"Motorists need to remember that wearing a safety belt is the single most important thing they can do to protect themselves during a crash."
The Patrol arrested 503 drivers for OVI during the holiday weekend, a nearly nine percent increase over last year’s holiday.
Provisional statistics through November of this year show that alcohol-related fatal crashes are down with 277 killed in 2013 compared to 468 when compared to the same time period in 2012. Additionally, those killed while not wearing an available safety belt has also declined during the same period with 379 this year and 531 in 2012.