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County reports 5 deadly accidents this spring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 09:28
LIME CITY - The Wood County Safe Communities Fatal Review Committee recently released their report on deadly accidents taking place between April and June of this year.
Five such crashes occurred during that period including:
•    An ATV crash on Custar Road at Poe Road on April 21.
•    A car versus motorcycle crash on U.S. 6 at the Interstate 75 interchange on April 30.
•    A two-car crash May 3 on Ohio 51.
•    An ATV accident on Mermill Road and Weston Road on May 31.
•    A two-car crash on Route 20 at Libbey Road on June 20.
A total of five people were killed in those crashes. There was an additional fatal accident caused by a prior medical condition.
The committee established a series of countermeasures as a result of their findings:
•    Obey traffic safety laws for ATV use.
•    Do not operate a motor vehicle while emotionally distraught.
•    Be familiar with the area being driven in.
•    Obey traffic safety laws while operating a motor vehicle.
•    Do not drive erratically, even if familiar with the area.
August is back to school month for both local school district and higher education facilities in the county.
The commission advises:
•    When traveling rural roads, be attentive to school buses in the area both picking up and dropping off students.
•    Watch for increased traffic in the area of school buildings and be mindful of the 20 mile per hour school zone speed limit during restricted times.
•    With Owens Community College beginning its fall semester this month, watch for increased traffic on Oregon Road for students entering and exiting the campus.
•    Students are reminded to be mindful of the congestion in parking lots and to be aware of their surroundings to reduce the high number of crashes that occur in parking lots.
•    With Bowling Green State University starting fall classes on Aug. 23, Wooster Street serves as the main thoroughfare to enter the campus, and shows a high volume of accidents from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. between Interstate 75 to Manville and Thurstin Avenues. Most accidents occur on Friday, but awareness and caution is advised regarding the high traffic volume. For more information, contact Wood County Safe Communities at (419) 872-3959.

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