The State Highway Patrol reported 10 accidents in Guernsey and Noble counties during the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but none claimed the life of a motorist.
Sergeant Chris Woods of the patrol's Cambridge post said multiple crashes investigated by local troopers involved vehicles striking deer on various roadways. No serious injuries were reported.
Statewide, the patrol investigated 13 fatal accidents, including one involving a pedestrian and four where motorist were not wearing safety belts.
Five people were killed in a a trio of accidents in Franklin County including three in one crash, while three people were killed in two accidents in Allen County.
Another person was killed in an accident at the Auglaize and Allen county line and two people were killed in as many accidents in Cuyahoga County. The other two fatal crashes occurred in Fayette and Portage counties.
In 2020, there were 11 fatal crashes in which 11 people were killed.
Three of the accidents that claimed lives this year involved impaired driving, according to the highway patrol.
Locally, troopers made three arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence and troopers statewide arrested another 297 impaired drivers from midnight on Nov. 24 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28.
Troopers with the Cambridge post made 76 enforcement stops during the holiday period and 165 non-enforcement stops with motorists.
They issued 10 seat belt violations, three commercial vehicle violations and three citations for distracted driving, while giving 50 warnings and addressing 16 vehicle defects.
One felony arrest was made and one misdemeanor charge for a drug possession offense was issued by local troopers.
Statewide, troopers made 147 arrests for drug-related offenses while issuing 669 safety belt and 106 distracted driving citations.
In all, troopers assisted 1,822 motorists.
A statistical analysis of the Patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday period is available at https://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/links/Thanksgiving2021_PIO.pdf.
This article originally appeared on The Daily Jeffersonian: Patrol investigates 13 fatal crashes during holiday weekend, none locally