September is Safe Driving Awareness Month, a month set aside by state legislators to remind motorists to do their part to keep Ohio roads safe. Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to stay focused on the road, to not drive while intoxicated and to always where a seatbelt while driving.
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, one person is killed every 8.7 hours on Ohio roads. Between 2010 and 2014, an estimated 287,303 auto accidents occurred every year in Ohio. Of that number, approximately 950 incidents involved fatalities in which just over 1,000 people died.
Although the number of people killed in auto accidents last year was the second lowest number recorded in Ohio history since the 1930s, this year has already begun to show an uptick in the number of traffic fatalities.
So far in 2015, there have been 751 auto accident fatalities, which is an 18 percent increase over the previous year for the same timeframe.
A Commitment To Safety
September was designated as a safety awareness month in honor of Maria Tiberi and others who lost their lives because of auto accidents. Tiberi was a 21 years old when she died in a distracted driving crash in 2013.
Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law in June 2014 as a reminder to Ohio drivers to play their part in keeping our roads safe. Law enforcement are encouraging everyone to take their time and to always drive defensively.
While this month brings special attention to the need to drive safely, it is something that we should all do on a daily basis throughout the entire year. Having seen the devastation that an auto accident can bring to a family, the attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani and Levy are dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured.
If you are injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact a Cincinnati injury lawyer from our offices for your free consultation.