COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fewer fatalities were reported in preliminary data from the Ohio State Highway Patrol for the holiday season.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol during the 2017 Christmas reporting period, beginning December 22, 2017 and ending December 25, 2017 five crashes resulted in five fatalities. This is a significant decrease from the 2016 Christmas reporting period when 14 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes. Troopers also arrested 292 motorists for impaired driving.

The OSHP is also reporting for the 2018 New Year Holiday reporting period, beginning December 29, 2017 and ending January 1, 2018 two traffic crashes caused three people to lose their lives. This is a 50 percent decrease from last year, when six individuals lost their lives traffic crashes. Troopers also arrested 288 motorists for impaired driving.