DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – In 2014, there were more than 20 traffic fatalities in Ohio during the Thanksgiving holiday and 1 in every 3 of those crashes involved an impaired driver. 2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen spoke with OSP about how they’re hoping to bring that number down this year.
“Gas prices are down, we expect to see a lot of people traveling,” Lieutenant Mark Nichols with Ohio State Highway Patrol said. “They’re calling for some decent weather if not tomorrow maybe a little rain but the temperatures are up so we anticipate a lot of people on the roadway.”
Lieutenant Mark Nichols with the Ohio State Highway Patrol says more people on the road means more potential for problems. And that’s exactly what they’ll be looking for this weekend.
“Just increasing the number of people statistically just gives you more of an opportunity to have things go wrong on the interstate,” Nichols said.
According to the highway patrol, there were more than 1,000 crashes from Wednesday to Sunday last Thanksgiving. And that’s one reason why driver Phyllis Gaskill says she’s not traveling for the holidays.
“I’m staying at home where there’s no traffic,” Gaskill said “I may go one mile to go to my great-granddaughters, but that’s it.”
It’s not just thanksgiving, but also Black Friday that’s expected to put more people on the roads.
“There’s going to be increases around the malls and the shopping centers and things like that, but people have to get there someway so there is going to be an increase on the interstate, and an increase on the state route and things like that,” Nichols said. “It all comes back to good driving behavior.”