The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 12 people lost their lives in 12 traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began July 3 and ended July 7.

That’s an increase from last year’s Fourth of July reporting period, from July 3 to July 4, 2018, when there were a total of four fatal crashes that killed eight people.

Troopers made 709 arrests for impaired driving and 507 for drug-related charges during this year’s July Fourth reporting period. The patrol responded to 809 crashes and made more than 55,000 traffic contacts in total, which included providing assistance to more than 4,500 motorists.

Impairment was determined to be a factor in at least three of this year’s crashes, according to the OSP.

“Impaired driving is a risk to everyone’s safety on our roads. That’s why troopers make OVI enforcement a priority,” said Col. Richard S. Fambro, patrol superintendent.

Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

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