The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to buckle up and stay sober and focused during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer,” a period of time that extends from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Increased traffic volume during the summer months results in increased vehicular crashes and fatalities during this time period.

During this time period last year, 77,170 crashes occurred on roadways in Ohio. 360 people died in 336 fatal crashes. More than one-third (34 percent) of all fatal traffic crashes and deaths occurred during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” Speeding and impaired driving contributed significantly to the crashes: 37 percent of all fatal crashes during this time period were OVI-related and 28 percent speed related, according to a recent Ohio State Highway Patrol media release.

Motorcycle riding, which takes place primarily during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer” also results in injuries and fatalities. 55 percent of all motorcycle-involved crashes and 25 percent of motorcycle deaths occurred during this time period in 2018, the media release stated.

In 2018, officers wrote 8,233 OVI citations and 50,125 seat belt violation citations, issued 147,893 warnings and investigated 16,359 crashes during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.”

171 vehicle crashes occurred in Pike County during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer” in 2018.

“The safety of everyone using our roads is our primary concern,” said Patrol superintendent Colonel Richard S. Fambro. “By driving sober and obeying the speed limit, we can make this a safe summer in Ohio.”

“Drivers should make responsible choices behind the wheel,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Protect yourself and others on the road by committing to safe driving habits.”

“You can help contribute to roadway safety by calling #677 to report drug activity and dangerous or impaired driving,” the media release stated.

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