Recent statistics gathered by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) show
a harrowing increase in fatal car accidents in Ohio in just one year alone.
In 2014, there were 654 fatal traffic collisions. Thus far in 2015, there
have been 783, a difference of 20% more. As the worst of the wintry snowy
season has yet to be seen, the number could become significantly worse
in November and December.
(Dayton Daily News covers the full set of statistics, partially broken down by county, in
their article, seen
Certain community groups – such as the Greene County Safe Community
Coalition – are working to promote roadway safety in motorists of
all age groups and walks of life. They believe that basic safety habits
like buckling up in a car or wearing a helmet on a motorcycle have become
less common these days. The growing problem may also indicate a general
lack of understanding when it comes to the rules of the road.
Illegal and Dangerous Behaviors
Driving under the influence (DUI) also seems to be a large problem in Ohio.
Whenever someone has a drink and gets behind the wheel, they are greatly
reducing their ability to safely control the vehicle. Furthermore, driving
under the influence does not begin and end at alcohol consumption; using
illegal drugs – or even strong over-the-counter medications –
can impair someone’s driving skills.
Texting and driving behaviors are also apparently on the rise as more and
more people get their hands on smartphones. Teenage drivers are especially
drawn to the appeal of being able to connect with their friends while
they drive. What they do not realize, however, is that the act of using
any sort of device to send a text while driving in Ohio is both dangerous
and illegal. The next time you see someone texting and driving – which
unfortunately could be any day of the week – you should consider
pulling over to the side of the road to report the negligent driver to
the proper authorities. You may just save someone’s life by doing so.
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