COLUMBUS The state Highway Patrol released statistics today that illustrate during 2006 to 2008 speed was a factor in 58 percent of the crashes that were caused by juvenile drivers.
During this three-year period, juvenile drivers were at fault in 61,784 traffic crashes, resulting in 27,838 injuries and 212 deaths on Ohio roadways.
Troopers issued 34,921 citations to juvenile drivers over the three-year period. Of these citations, 1,199 were in Clermont County and 1,144 in Stark County. Rounding out the top five counties were Portage with 887 citations, Fairfield with 879 and Scioto with 874.
Through July of this year, there were 8,018 crashes caused by juvenile drivers, resulting in 2,315 injuries and 16 deaths. During this time troopers have issued 5,133 citations to teen drivers, with 18 percent being for driving 20 mph or more over the posted speed limit.