Traffic deaths up this year in Ohio

OSP investigates a deadly motorcycle crash in Preble County. (WDTN Photo/Josh Ames)


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Mothers, fathers, daughters and sons have all lost their lives on Ohio roads this year. Many dying in accidents that could have been prevented.

“Those crashes all are because of decision the driver made, weather it’s speed or not wearing a seat belt. There is some decision making ability that caused the crash and we are trying to reduce that,” said Sgt. Kramer.

2 NEWS Investigates obtained this year’s fatal accident data from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. It shows 1,098 people have died. That’s 93 more deaths from 2014.

Sgt. Jeff Kramer with OSP said there’s no clear cut answer to the increase but said the past couple years were record lows. He does not believe higher speed limits are to blame.

“Statewide, I don’t really see that reflection on anything that I’ve noticed or been told.” said Sgt. Kramer.

According to the data, Montgomery County has the third highest number of fatal crashes this year. Franklin County has the most.

The month when most of the crashes happened statewide was in August, which doesn’t surprise Sgt. Kramer.

“We have days that are beautiful, warm, sunny and we have more crashes then we do on a snowy day.”

Sgt. Kramer said ultimately it’s the drivers decision that helps bring those numbers down but they are working hard to keep crash causing violations from happening in the first place.
He says they’re writing more tickets.

“Instead of the quantity of a ticket, we are looking at higher quality, like crash causing violations; higher speeds, following too closely stop sign violations, stuff that we see contribute to crashes we are really focusing on that.”

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