The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 14 deaths on Ohio roadways over the 2017 Memorial Day weekend. In 2016, 15 fatalities occurred, and 16 occurred in 2015. One of this year’s fatalities was a motorcyclist, and seven were pedestrians. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 26 and ran through Monday, May 29. The Patrol made 33,548 enforcement contacts in total. These contacts resulted in 801 OVI arrests, an increase of 8 percent from 2016; 554 drug arrests, an increase of 26 percent from 2016; and 7,846 safety belt citations, an increase of 9 percent from 2016.In addition, the Patrol made 17,541 non-enforcement contacts to assist motorists. Marion County had one fatal accident over the weekend.
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