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Failing to yield caused more than 30,000 crashes in 2012

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Motorists running red lights, stop signs or failing to yield to traffic are causing far too many crashes in Ohio each year.

In fact, these violations were the second-highest cause of fatal crashes in 2012. That is why the Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging all motorists to take their time, ensure that cross traffic is stopped or clear and obey all traffic signs and signals.

Failure to yield violations can be deadly – in 2012, 37,475 crashes in Ohio were caused by a driver failing to yield – killing 187 people and injuring 23,353. Young drivers, ages 16 to 25, were at-fault in 30 percent of these crashes. This is nearly twice as high as those aged 26-35 – with 16 percent.

“Drivers are urged to pay close attention to stop signs and signals when traversing Ohio’s roadways,” said Col. John Born, Patrol superintendent. “They need to ensure the intersection is clear before entering it.”

Drivers can avoid failure to yield crashes by:

·         Slowing down and taking their time

·         Looking both ways before entering an intersection

·         Signaling every turn and lane change

·         Making a complete stop at stop lights and stop signs

·         Yielding to other drivers and being courteous

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