One of the busiest travel weekends of the year was a safe one in southeastern Ohio.
Sergeant Chuck Merryman of the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol said only a handful of minor accidents were reported over the holiday. He said the overall number of fatal crashes is down from last year in both Muskingum and Coshocton counties.
"Hopefully people are being more mindful of their driving, and we always increase enforcement," said Merryman. "We try to schedule as many people as we possibly can, locally and around the state. We also give our troopers the opportunity to work some extra hours if they want to increase our presence even more so on the road."
Merryman said there were a few OVI arrests, but the number of drunk drivers wasn't any higher than usual. He said the warm weather has created safer driving conditions this December.
"When it does start to happen, we do see an increase in crashes," said Merryman. "What I would suggest is to drive defensively, give yourself a little bit of extra time to get from point A to B, watch other drivers on the roadway, and of course if you see an issue with another driver, feel free to call us and we'll check that out."
Drivers can expect to see another increase in patrol on New Year's Eve.