|Patrol urges road safety during Labor Day weekend|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 31 August 2013 08:25|
With the upcoming Labor Day holiday, the Ohio Highway Patrol is asking motorists to help Ohio achieve a record year by not driving impaired, buckling-up and keeping their focus on the road.
During last year's four-day holiday reporting period of Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, 14 people lost their lives on Ohio's roadways, with five of those deaths involving an impaired driver.
"With everyone's commitment to ensuring a safe Labor Day weekend, there is no reason why Ohio can't achieve fewer than 1,000 traffic fatalities in 2013," said Colonel Paul A. Pride, patrol superintendent.
The patrol has announced that Ohio is on pace to establish a record low in traffic fatalities in 2013.
Ohio's previous record low occurred in 2011, when 1,014 people were killed in traffic-related crashes on Ohio's roadways.
Preliminary data indicates 568 confirmed deaths and an additional 35 provisional unconfirmed deaths, for a total "worst-case scenario" of 603 traffic deaths during the first two-thirds of the year.
By comparison, during the same time period in 2011, there had been 649 people killed in traffic-related crashes.
Motorists are encouraged to continue using #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity.
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