COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State troopers say three people died on Ohio roads during the two-day New Year’s holiday period.
Three fatal crashes Tuesday and Wednesday occurred in Adams and Fayette counties in southwest Ohio and in Holmes County near the Knox County line, about halfway between Columbus and Cleveland. The State Highway Patrol reports none of the people killed was wearing a seatbelt.
A year ago, six people died after fatal crashes during the same two-day period.
Preliminary data from the patrol shows Ohio had a record low number of traffic deaths in 2013. At least 966 crash fatalities are confirmed, and 16 more deaths are under review.
It would be Ohio’s first year with fewer than 1,000 traffic deaths since record-keeping began in 1936. The previous low was 1,016 in 2011.