In 2015, 1,099 people lost their lives in car accidents on Ohio roadways.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) feels that is 1,099 deaths too many.
Therefore, in an effort to keep 2016 traffic fatalities as low as possible, the OSHP is cracking down on motorists who display potentially deadly driving behavior.
Throughout 2016, the OSHP will be on the lookout for drivers who are texting and driving, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or not wearing their seat belt.
Impaired Driving A Problem In 2015
In 2015, over 24,000 drivers across the state of Ohio were arrested for driving while impaired. Shockingly, over 600 of these arrests were made during the last week of the year.
Twenty-four accident fatalities also occurred during that one-week time period.
2015 Traffic Fatalities
Traffic fatalities in Ohio rose approximately five percent in 2015, totaling 1,099 deaths. In 2014, 1,008 deaths occurred, and in 2013, the total was only 990. Below is a breakdown of fatal car accident statistics throughout the Ohio Valley over the past two years:
- 19 fatal accidents took place in Mahoning County in 2015, which resulted in three more deaths for the county than in 2014.
- 16 fatal accidents took place in Trumbull County, resulting in five more deaths compared to the county’s 2014 totals.
- Columbiana County actually experienced a decrease in traffic deaths during 2015. Only seven fatal accidents took place, claiming 12 fewer lives than in 2014.
Fighting To Protect Ohio’s Roadways
Every day of the year, OSHP troopers are on the highways in full force, looking for signs of driver impairment or distraction. Their goal is to prevent accidents, save lives, and encourage motorists to slow down and focus on driving safely.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the experienced car accident lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy will fight to recover the compensation your family deserves.