Nick McWilliams reporting – The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported fewer traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July weekend compared to last year.

In total, 16 crashes led to 16 deaths, with a quarter of those being attributed to impaired driving.

Nearly 450 arrests were made for impaired driving, and 239 arrests were made for drug-related activity.

Over 33,000 total traffic contacts were made, and troopers responded to 559 total crashes. 

The fatality numbers are a noticeable drop from last year, where 21 crashes claimed 23 lives, with more than half due to drunk driving.

Impaired driving and suspicious activity can always be reported to #677.

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