Amid rise in Ohio traffic deaths, safe holiday travel urged

FILE: A car left the overpass and landed on its roof Wednesday, September 30, 2015. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)
FILE: A car left the overpass and landed on its roof Wednesday, September 30, 2015. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials are preaching road safety in anticipation of a surge in end-of-year holiday travel, as Ohio already has dozens more traffic deaths this year than in all of 2014.

Statistics from the State Highway Patrol show 1,023 traffic fatalities confirmed in 2015, with several dozen more reported but not verified. Ohio had 981 traffic deaths confirmed for 2014.

The patrol’s superintendent and Ohio’s transportation director were scheduled Tuesday to discuss the increase and what is being done to address it.

Some drivers might not see snow because of unusually warm weather, but the Ohio Department of Transportation says they could face other slowdowns, including construction zones.

The department says auto club AAA predicts a record 4 million Ohioans will travel more than 50 miles from home this week.

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