LOGAN — The weekend of the Fourth of July can bring about a lot of celebration, but this year it seems many heeded the warnings of law enforcement when it came to staying safe.

On Monday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) posted its statewide statistics that the troopers responded to. Unfortunately, there were 12 fatalities due to crashes within the state over July 3 through July 4, three of which involved impairment.

“Impaired driving is a risk to everyone’s safety on our roads,” stated Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent in a press release. “That’s why troopers make OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence) enforcement a priority.”

Statewide there were also 709 OVI arrests, 507 drug-related charges, 809 crashes and 55,000 traffic stops — which included providing assistance to more than 4,500 motorists.

The Logan Police Department recorded three property damage only crashes and no injury crashes. There was also one traffic stop, one motorist assist, one drug-related call, and four suspicious persons or vehicles. Thankfully, they didn’t record any OVIs during that time period, however, they did record one over the weekend.

The OSHP Athens Post, which covers Hocking County, recorded four crashes in Hocking, three OVI arrests, and one drug-related arrest. Out of the 248 traffic stops they made, 163 were issued tickets and 28 of them were for seatbelt violations. Additionally, they assisted 27 people with vehicle or other issues.

During last year’s Fourth of July statewide reporting period from July 3 to July 4, there were a total of four fatal crashes that killed eight people. Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

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