The State Highway Patrol says five people were killed in crashes between early Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Three of the five deaths were attributed to impaired driving.
Last year, eight people died in impaired-related crashes between Christmas and New Year's in Ohio. The patrol says so far this year troopers have made 944 more arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence compared with the same period last year. Fatal crashes involving impaired drivers are down 18 percent compared with last year. Troopers will be out in force this week to enforce DUI laws, noting the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is one of the deadliest of the year.