Law enforcement reports quiet holiday on roads

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 29, 2005

In spite of any merriment, Lawrence Countians celebrated quietly — and relatively safely — during the holiday weekend.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Michael Gore said there were no fatalities and not even any serious car accidents on state roadways in the county between Friday and Monday evenings.

“We did have six OVI

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(Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence) arrests,” he said.

It was a similar situation in the city of Ironton, according to Capt. Chris Bowman, acting police chief.

“I don’t think we had any problems. We were busy Saturday night but I don’t think there was anything noteworthy,” he said.

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputies reported a quiet weekend also.

Elsewhere across the state, the post-holiday report was more grim. According to Ohio State Highway patrol figures, 11 people lost their lives in eight accidents on Ohio roadways during the holiday weekend. Another 20 people were injured.

Of those eight fatal accidents, alcohol was a factor in three of those accidents. Eight of those killed were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident in which they were involved.

A 1-year-old girl was killed and six people were injured in a two-vehicle crash outside near Marysville. The crash remains under investigation. Double fatalities occurred as well in Ashtabula, Brown and Portage counties during the Christmas holiday weekend.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.