Fewer fatalities reported on OH highways over Christmas

COLUMBUS, OH (WTOL) - The Ohio Department of Public Safety says fewer motorists were killed on Ohio's roadways this Christmas holiday.

In fact, six people were killed, including one pedestrian, between Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 27, at 5:59 a.m. Last year 11 people lost died on Ohio roadways.

This year two deaths were attributed to alcohol, compared to five deaths last year.

In addition, the agency says 60 percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt this year.

Throughout the extended weekend, troopers and local law enforcement used were out in force to try to reduce the number of crashes.

Troopers say they want motorists to remember to buckle-up during the upcoming New Year's Holiday and that wearing a seat belt is the best way to avoid serious injury or death during a crash.

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