2018 proved safest travel season on Ohio roads in 27 years


The Thanksgiving holiday is typically paired with a side of high-volume traffic as people across the country visit friends and family near and far.

Ohio is no different, but this year the state saw its safest Thanksgiving holiday on the roads since 1991.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol released their annual Thanksgiving Holiday Report on Monday, after a busy few days for drivers.

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During the five-day reporting period, which lasted from Wednesday, November 21, at 12 a.m. until Sunday, November 25, at 11:59 p.m., there were six people killed in six fatal crashes, according to OSHP.

That number ties 2018 with a record set in 1991 for the safest Thanksgiving holiday weekend, In 2015 and 2016 there were nine fatalities, while in 1992, 1996, 1997 and 2001 there were 10.

“We are always pleased to see a decrease in lives lost on Ohio’s roadways,” said Colonel Paul A Pride, patrol superintendent for OSHP. “However, we can’t settle until the number of fatalities is zero. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is committed to keeping you and your family safe on our roads, every day and every night.”

Troopers say the five-day period was not without other issues on the roads, 502 drivers were arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired, 257 drug arrests and 1,538 safety belt violations were issued.

Read the full statistical analysis of OSHP’s enforcement activity over the holiday here.