Traffic fatalities are up nationwide; OSP says because of drunk driving

An overturned truck on Interstate 75 south near an onramp to Interstate 70 is slowing traffic. (Photo/ODOT)
An overturned truck on Interstate 75 south near an onramp to Interstate 70 is slowing traffic.

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – According to new data, the number of fatalities in 2015 is on pace to exceed more than 40,000 for the first time since 2007.

More than 19,000 people were killed in traffic crashes across the country and that’s just in the last six months, up 14 percent from last year at this time.

The main reasons are speeding, texting and drunk driving. Some experts say the increase could be related to an improved economy and low gas prices which have encouraged people to drive more.

2 NEWS learned drunk driving deaths are down across the country, but not in Montgomery County.

“Montgomery County specifically almost 50 percent of our crashes are alcohol-related,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Mark Nichols. “That’s something we believe is with some public perception change and things like that we should be able to stop. What we want to see is if you’re out with somebody and consuming alcohol make other arrangements.”

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