Traffic fatality report issued

Traffic fatality report issued
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The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported a total of 2,355 vehicle crashes investigated in Tuscarawas County in 2021.

                        

From Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported a total of 2,355 vehicle crashes investigated in Tuscarawas County. Of the 2,355 crashes investigated, Tuscarawas County experienced 11 fatal crashes with 13 crash fatalities. In 2020 Tuscarawas County experienced a total of 11 fatal crashes with 14 fatalities.

“When we look at the statistics, we know that seat-belt safety and OVI education and enforcement continue to be two of the top traffic-safety priorities in our county,” said Kelly Snyder, Safe Communities program coordinator for the Tuscarawas County Health Department. “Of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in Tuscarawas County crashes during 2021, 78% were not buckled at the time of the crash, and 64% of the total fatal crashes involved some type of impairment. Other contributing factors in the fatal crashes were mature and youthful drivers along with speed and motorcycle-related crashes.”

To help prevent fatal traffic crashes and injuries from occurring in Tuscarawas County, the local Safe Communities Coalition conducts traffic-safety media campaigns, coordinates events and activities, and distributes educational materials year round.

The coalition is comprised of partners from various agencies and organizations in Tuscarawas County. “Our partners are critical to the success of the Safe Communities traffic-safety efforts,” Snyder said. “Every partner brings a unique perspective to the table.”

Some of the Safe Communities Coalition’s past events included working in many of the local high schools to educate youth about the importance of safe driving. The group also spends time educating the driving population of Tuscarawas County on impaired driving, seat-belt use, distracted driving and motorcycle awareness.

On Feb. 23 members of the Safe Communities Coalition will meet to review the traffic fatalities from the fourth quarter of 2021 to identify any trends or measures that can be taken to prevent future traffic fatalities in the county.

To learn more about the Safe Communities project, email healthed@tchdnow.org or visit www.tchdnow.org/safe-communities.html.

Efforts of the Safe Communities Coalition are funded through a grant from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. Visit ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio.gov/index.stm.


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