Ohio Fatal Crashes Down 9 Pct. This Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio troopers say stepped-up efforts to combat drunken driving have contributed to a nearly 9 percent drop in fatal accidents this year.

The State Highway Patrol said Thursday that through October of this year, 824 people were killed on Ohio roads. That's down from 902 fatalities during the first ten months of 2010.

The patrol also says that troopers made 934 more arrests for driving while impaired during the period than they did from January through October of last year.

The agency notes that 40 percent of all deadly crashes in 2010 were related to impaired driving.

The patrol is already urging motorists to designate sober drivers or plan to take taxis home to avoid getting behind the wheel if they drink too much during the upcoming holiday season.

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

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