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Increase of fatal crashes in counties adjacent to Huron County

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jan 22, 2014 at 1:07 PM

As Ohio celebrates the safest year in history for fatal traffic crashes, the Fremont post of the state Highway Patrol is stepping up their efforts to protect the motoring public.

Even though the state of Ohio experienced a decrease, both Sandusky and Seneca counties had increases in the number of people killed in 2013.

In 2013, Sandusky County had four fatal traffic crashes, killing six people. Four of the six were killed not wearing a safety belt and three of the four crashes were caused by people driving left of center. Only one of the crashes is believed to be drug or alcohol-related.

In 2013, Seneca County had 11 fatal traffic crashes, killing 14 people. Of the 11 crashes, one involved alcohol and drugs, and two people killed were not wearing a safety belt. Two of the crashes involved motorcycles and the motorcycle driver was at-fault in both crashes. Three of the 11 crashes involved commercial motor vehicles, but the commercial vehicle was only at-fault in one of the three crashes. Six of the 11 fatal crashes were caused by failing-to-yield, three were caused by speed, and two were caused by driving left of center.

“Drivers need to pay attention to what they are doing and protect themselves from serious traffic crashes,” said Lt. Matthew Meredith, Commander of the Fremont Post. “The easiest way to protect yourself is by wearing a safety belt and getting rid of distractions in the vehicle so you can concentrate on your responsibilities as a driver.”

The Fremont Post plans to step up its enforcement efforts during 2014 and work with area agencies and departments to reduce fatal traffic crashes. Officers across both counties will focus their efforts on speed, left of center, failure-to-yield violations, impaired drivers, and most importantly – people not wearing a safety belt.

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