State officials remind drivers traveling for the holidays how to stay safe

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – This year in Ohio, the number of traffic deaths has already surpassed last year’s numbers. So far in 2015, there have been 1,023 fatalities reported. That’s compared to 981 last year.

With the increase in deaths, officials are reminding drivers of the steps you should take to make sure both you and others arrive safe.

Regardless of where you’re headed, officials say always remember to wear your seat belt, avoid distractions, respect the speed limits, and don’t drive impaired. Impaired driving is the state’s number one concern going into the holiday weekend.

“What we’re aiming at is not to drive impaired,” Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Heck said. “Whether it’s under the influence of drugs or alcohol. And we’re seeing a little bit of both. And it’s time that we act responsibly and not do that.”

According to AAA, a record 4 million Ohioans will travel an average of 50 miles from their home for the holidays.

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