Road Deaths Down This Holiday Weekend, But Troopers Still Worried

Nov 27, 2012

Fewer people were killed on Ohio's roads this Thanksgiving holiday period, compared with the past three years. Lt. Ann Ralston with the Ohio Highway Patrol says it’s good news, but it could always be better.

"We've been steadily decreasing since 2009," says Ralston.  "We decreased pretty significantly this year.  We recorded 11 fatalities on Ohio highways, and the year prior we were at 17.  The year prior to that we were at 18.  So while the numbers are going in the right direction, we still have a lot of work to do."

None of those who died this weekend were wearing seat belts. That includes four people who were ejected in a single-car crash in Warren County on Wednesday. Alcohol is suspected in that accident. Troopers arrested 459 drivers around the state this weekend for driving while drunk or on drugs.