Memorial Day driving hazards

Interstate freeway traffic
File, AP Photo/Ed Reinke

Montgomery County, Ohio (WDTN) – There will be about 30 million drivers on their way somewhere this Memorial Day weekend. So get ready for road rage, clogged highways and traffic tickets. Those drivers could make this a deadly weekend.

State patrols and local police across the country are gearing up for the national “ticket or click it” campaign, but local law enforcement says this weekend will offer plenty of opportunity to arrest anyone involved in outstanding criminal activity as well. While you may be stopped for a traffic violation of some kind, if you have any other criminal problems, police will be checking that, too.

It’s a deadly weekend for teen drivers, too. Each year, more than 5 thousand teens die in traffic accidents. One local family knows that unfortunate statistic. Austin Abshire died last May during the Memorial Day holiday. He was a passenger in a car driven by his young friend who was impaired. Austin was not wearing a seat belt when the crash happened outside Kettering Fairmont High School on Shroyer Rd. His mother tells us the driver’s trial is set to begin June 3 in Pennsylvania.

A candlelight vigil will be held in Austin’s memory, Sunday, 8:30pm, May 25th at Royal View Cemetery, off Wagner Ford Rd. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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