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Three die in New Year’s traffic accidents

/Copyright Ohio State Highway Patrol

COLUMBUS, Ohio – State troopers say three people died on Ohio roads during the two-day New Year’s holiday period.

Three fatal crashes Tuesday and Wednesday occurred in Adams and Fayette counties in southwest Ohio and in Holmes County, where Robert Nobile, 79, was killed in a single-vehicle accident near the Knox County line. Noble was reported missing around 10:00 Tuesday night after he left his house in Howard to get gas in Danville and did not return.

A year ago, six people died after fatal crashes during the same two-day period, patrol spokeswoman Staff Lt. Anne Ralston said.

The State Highway Patrol reports none of the people killed was wearing a seatbelt.

Preliminary data from the patrol shows Ohio had a record low number of traffic deaths in 2013. At least 966 crash fatalities are confirmed, and 16 more deaths are under review.

It would be Ohio’s first year with fewer than 1,000 traffic deaths since record-keeping began in 1936. The previous low was 1,016 in 2011.

During the reporting period from midnight Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, troopers arrested 162 drivers for impaired driving, an increase of 27 percent over last year, and cited 222 people with aggressive driving, an increase of 37 percent, and arrested 53 motorists for drug-related offenses, an increase of 21 percent, Ralston said.

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