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No alcohol-related fatalities for St. Patrick's Day

 
No alcohol-related fatalities for St. Patrick's Day
Posted Wednesday, March 19th 2014 @ 6pm  by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- For the second year in a row there were no alcohol-related fatal crashes over the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

85 people were arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, that's down from 142 a year earlier.

"It's a good thing to see the numbers go down. I think it just shows that people are heeding the message, they're listening to what we're saying, they're buckling up and they're designating the sober driver," said Sgt. Vincent Shirey. "We're making progress."

There were three traffic deaths from two crashes on St. Patrick's Day, but neither was alcohol-related. Overall, Shirey says Ohio has seen 144 traffic fatalities this year compared to 173 at the same time period last year. 2013 had the fewest traffic deaths on record in the state.

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