WILMINGTON – September is Safe Driving Awareness Month, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to commit to only driving while buckled, focused and sober.
In addition, motorists help keep roadways safe when they take their time, drive defensively and know all traffic safety laws.
“By devoting their full attention to the road, motorists can reduce their risk of getting into a crash,” said Lt. Stan Jordan, Wilmington Post Commander. “We need all motorists to practice safe driving habits to make the roadways safe all across Ohio.”
From 2010-2014, an average of 287,303 motor vehicle crashes occurred on Ohio’s public roadways each year. Of these, an average of 957 involved fatalities with 1043 people being killed.
Last year 1008 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. This was the 2nd lowest total recorded in Ohio since record keeping began in the 1930s.
September was designated as Safe Driving Awareness Month by Senate bill 294, signed by Gov. John Kasich in June 2014 to honor Maria Tiberi and other victims of motor vehicle crashes. Tiberi was a 21-year-old college student who died in a distracted driving crash in September 2013. She is the daughter of Columbus television sports anchor Dom Tiberi.
To view the statistical analysis regarding Safe Driving Awareness Month, visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/SafeDriving_Bulletin_2015.pdf
As always, the Patrol asks drivers to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.