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Early Highway Numbers Indicate a Relatively Safe Memorial Day Weekend

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 The Ohio State Highway Patrol is pleased with their statistics so far on this Memorial Day weekend.

They say they cited only three people for operating a vehicle under the influence.

There were 17 crashes in Belmont and Monroe counties, only three with injuries, and none were life threatening.

On the other hand, they caught a lot of people not wearing their seat belts.

Sgt. Chris Chesar of the Ohio Highway Patrol told WTRF.com, “we’re urging all motorists to make sure they buckle their seat belts,  just not during the campaign but at all times. It’s going to protect them and the people that they’re close to in the future. We’ve arrested approximately 68 people for not wearing their seat belt over the Memorial Day weekend itself. The fines range from $90 for the driver in Belmont County and $80 for the passenger.”

The Memorial Day Weekend, according to the Highway Patrol, started at 12:01 Friday morning, and runs through 11:59 Monday night.

They say anyone under 15 has to be buckled in the back seat, kids age 4 thru 8 need to be in a booster seat, and those under four need to be in a child safety seat.

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