Columbus — Fewer people lost their lives on Ohio roadways over the Memorial Day weekend this year compared with 2013.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 13 people lost their lives during the Friday through Monday holiday weekend. That’s five fewer than last year. The patrol says three of the fatalities this year were related to drunken driving.
The patrol’s 757 arrests for impaired driving were a 7-percent increase from 2103. Citations for seat-belt violations increased 19 percent, to 7,278.
The patrol said it made more than 21,000 non-enforcement contacts, of which nearly 5,000 were to assist motorists.
AAA Ohio Auto Club expected it to be the busiest Memorial Day weekend on the state’s roads since before the recession.