Ohio Traffic Deaths Rise This New Year’s

Ohio Highway Patrol Troopers say the number of holiday traffic fatalities rose in 2011.(Photo: .)
Ohio Highway Patrol Troopers say the number of holiday traffic fatalities rose in 2011.(Photo: .)

The State Highway Patrol says it was a deadlier New Year’s weekend on Ohio roads.

Troopers said Tuesday that crashes killed 13 people in the state from Friday through Monday. That’s up from 10 fatalities during a similar period a year ago.

The patrol says nearly half the recent victims were not wearing safety belts. Col. John Born, the highway patrol’s superintendent, says in a statement that buckling up is the best way to be protected in an accident.

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