Fewer Ohio Road Deaths In 2011
Preliminary data show the number of people killed on Ohio roadways decreased slightly in 2011 compared with the previous year. The State Highway Patrol says there were 970 confirmed fatalities during the past year and 49 more deaths that have not yet been confirmed as traffic fatalities, making the possible total 1,019. That's down from 1,080 traffic fatalities in 2010 and 1,022 in 2009. The patrol says it sees a correlation between the decrease in deaths and its stepped-up enforcement targeting impaired drivers. Troopers made more than 23,000 arrests in 2011 for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. That's over 1,500 more OVI arrests than in 2010.