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Ohio Sees Drop In Traffic Deaths For First Half of 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) -- There have been fewer traffic deaths, but more drug and DUI arrests in Ohio during the first half of 2014, according to statistics from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Catching drug runners has been getting more of a focus from troopers over the past couple of year.

"When it comes to drug arrests what we're seeing thus far in 2014 is an increase of about 19 percent," said Sgt. Vincent Shirey.

To start the year, troopers have made more than 5,600 drug arrests.

Troopers have also arrested more drivers for DUI.

"Are folks drinking more than they were a couple of years ago? I don't know if that's the case, but I can tell you that there are more troopers on the roadways and we're doing all we can to remove those impaired motorists," Shirey said.

While drug and DUI arrests are up, the number of people killed on Ohio roadways is down. Last year saw a record-low 990 traffic deaths in Ohio.

"We're ahead of even those record-numbers thus far throughout the year," he said.

Montgomery County has seen the biggest decrease in traffic deaths from last year at 22. Columbiana County has seen the biggest increase with 9 more deaths this year than last.

There were 66 more traffic deaths at the beginning of July 2013 than this year.

 

 

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