Fatal car accidents were down across Ohio this Labor Day holiday weekend, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. This year there were 11, compared to 2015’s 14.
In Harrison and Jefferson Counties, overall crashes were down as well. Over the four-day period, troopers attended to five crashes, compared to nine last year, and 12, including the fatal crash near Tappan Lake, over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Their OVI arrests were up to nine from last year’s eight, and just four over the 4th of July.
“This weekend we took a lot of the things that were provided to us by our statistical analysis unit. We have some heat maps that show crashes and enforcement,” said Lt. Joseph Fetty of the Steubenville post. “What we were trying to do is target our enforcement to these specific areas where the crashes are at.”
Lt. Fetty says being at full staff again after having three trainees over the 4th of July also helped with enforcement numbers being up and crashes being down. Coming up in this 4th quarter of the year, he says they will focusing on seat belt enforcement and partnering up with other law enforcement agencies to do that.