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For Immediate Release: December 3, 2014
Contact:  Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Upward trend in fatalities this November

Patrol urges motorists to close out year safely

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COLUMBUS – In November of this year, Ohio’s roadways experienced an alarming upward trend in fatalities. There were 111 provisional traffic fatalities last month—52 percent more than last November’s total—marking it as the deadliest month of 2014 so far. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking all motorists to help reverse this trend.

Never drive distracted or impaired—in fact, impaired motorists have been responsible for 35 percent of traffic deaths in Ohio this year. Always buckle up, as wearing a safety belt is the number one thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Never hesitate to report aggressive and impaired drivers by dialing #677.

Additionally, encourage your friends and family to make smart decisions so they can help reverse this upward trend and keep Ohio’s roads safer.

“Remember, each death on our highways is more than just a statistic. It is a loss of life that, in many cases, should have been prevented.” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent.  “That’s why the Patrol is so diligent in cracking down on impaired driving, safety belts and other traffic violations. We don’t want a tragedy to occur in your family.”

For a county-by-county breakdown of traffic fatalities so far in 2014, visit statepatrol.ohio.gov.

 

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