Ohio Patrol: Fewer Road Deaths Over Thanksgiving

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say there were fewer deaths on Ohio roads over the Thanksgiving holiday, but an increase in drunk driving and drug arrests.

Numbers released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol show that 14 people were killed on Ohio's roadways between the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving. In 2010, 18 people died during the same period and in 2009 20 lost their lives.

Arrests of drunken drivers were up 14 percent compared with last year's holiday and drug arrests jumped 37 percent.

One traffic stop led troopers to seize about $800,000 in cash from a motorhome. The patrol says that investigation is still ongoing.

Patrol superintendent Col. John Born says he is encouraged by the holiday results and hopes they continue through the end of the year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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