Highway Patrol
A look at the data as posted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Richland County ranked seventh worst among Ohio's 88 counties when it came to data compiled by the Ohio State Highway Patrol over the recent New Year's holiday period.
The data showed 267 incidents in Richland County in the period covering Dec. 31-Jan. 3, according to the OHP's Jan. 4 announcement made via an informational graphic posted on Facebook.
Counties ranking ahead of Richland were Portage (383), Franklin (367), Mahoning (344), Clermont (343), Warren (324) and Pickaway (293). Cuyahoga (266), Montgomery (266) and Erie (263) counties ranked just behind Richland County. Ohio's remaining counties had a combined total of 9,190 other incidents.
Categories of incidents listed included examples such as crashes, operating a vehicle under the influence, distracted driving, suspended license and safety belt.
"Ten people were killed on Ohio's roadways during the New Year's holiday," the OHP said in its post. "Of the 10 fatalities, four were OVI-related. Troopers made 3,979 traffic enforcement contacts; including 303 OVI arrests, 115 distracted driving, and 478 safety belt citations."
Four fatalities were reported in the 2019-20 New Year's period, 12 in 2018-19 and six in 2017-18, OHP data showed.

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