OSHP releases data on July 4 fatal crashes, seat belts a factor
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OSHP releases data on July 4 fatal crashes, seat belts a factor

OSHP releases data on July 4 fatal crashes, seat belts a factor

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According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the lack of seat belts was a factor in seven of the 16 fatal car crashes over the July 4 long weekend.

OSHP reported that a total of 16 people died in 15 motor vehicle crashes during OSHP’s Independence Day holiday reporting period, which ran from Wednesday, July 3, through Sunday, July 7. In the nine deaths where seat belts could have been used, seven of the fatalities were not wearing seat belts.

During the same reporting period, police issued almost 3,000 tickets for not wearing seat belts and following recommendations regarding child seats.

The 2024 death toll of 16 is up from last year, when 12 people died in car crashes during the same reporting period, according to OSHP. This year’s death toll is the same as 2022 but down from 2021, when 23 people died in car crashes.

State troopers also made 438 arrests for DUI and 72 for drug offenses. Troopers also responded to 648 crashes and assisted 2,449 drivers.

Lt. Ray Santiago, OSHP spokesman, stressed the importance of wearing seat belts in vehicles.

“We know that seat belts save lives and significantly reduce the likelihood of serious injury or death,” Santiago said.

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