PICKAWAY – Pickaway had the most incidents by county in the entire state in the report on the New Year released by Ohio state highway patrol today, the reason for that is in the numbers
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 10 deaths on Ohio’s roadways during the 2021-2022 New Year’s holiday according to provisional statistics. Four fatalities were the result of not wearing a safety belt when available, three were OVI-related and five were pedestrians.
The four-day reporting period began at midnight Thursday, December 30, 2021, and ran through 11:59 p.m. on January 2, 2022. This is a decrease from the four-day reporting period last year when 14 fatalities were reported.
Troopers made 2,575 traffic enforcement contacts; including 229 OVI arrests, 59 distracted driving, and 288 safety belt citations. Out of those incidents Pickaway received 316 incidents being the top by almost a hundred from every other state. Portage County was second at 245.
According to local reports, 10 law enforcement officers from the Patrol, Pickaway County Sherriff’s Office, and Circleville Police joined forces to remove impaired drivers from our roads during the New Year’s Holiday. The blitz resulted in 191 traffic stops including 88 enforcement contacts, 15 OVI arrests, 10 seatbelt citations, 95 traffic warnings, 25 equipment defects issued, 6 felony arrests, 2 misdemeanor arrests, and 3 Distracted Driving citations.