Less traffic on midweek Fourth

A midweek holiday resulted in less traffic on the road for the local post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP).

OSHP Wapakoneta Post Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said between Tuesday and the Fourth of July, troopers with the post made 351 motor vehicle contacts and issued 215 citations. Thirty-six citations were for safety belt violations and two were for impaired driving.

He said troopers from the post also handled three crashes, with two involving injuries.

“The holiday falling midweek seemed to keep traffic down compared to a normal holiday weekend, however, the interstate (I-75) seemed to have more traffic than a normal Tuesday and Wednesday as people seemed to be extending their holiday vacation and getting an early start on travel,” Carrico said.

During the four-day Fourth of July reporting period in 2011, troopers with the

Wapakoneta Post made 645 motor vehicle contacts and issued 371 citations. They handled six traffic crashes with two involving injuries.

Statewide, OSHP troopers made more than 26,000 traffic contacts this Fourth of July holiday and arrested 251 people for impaired driving during the two-day holiday period beginning with the start of the day Tuesday and extending through the end of the night Wednesday.

Four people were killed during the holiday, with fatal crashes in Ross, Stark, Trumbull and Warren counties.

No additional information was available on those crashes.

Despite the shortened holiday this year, driving while impaired by alcohol, drugs or both continues to be a problem, especially in Central Ohio counties, which at 44, experienced the highest amount of OVI (operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol) arrests.

“Impaired driving continues to be a significant threat to all Ohioans,” OSHP Superintendent Col. John Born said. “The patrol is committed to removing these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”