Mary Alice Reporting – Numbers are improving in term of deaths associated with traffic crashes in Tuscarawas County.

According to the Safe Communities Program, from January 1, 2019 through December 31st, the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated 2,501 traffic crashes in the Tuscarawas Valley.

Coordinator Kelly Snyder explains that, out of that data, 9 accidents resulted in 10 fatalities.

“Obviously we want that number to be zero, but if we look at the past couple years, in 2017, we had 19 fatal crashes with 20 fatalities. In 2018, we had 11 fatal crashes with 12 fatalities. Those number are going down and we hope that trend continues.”

She attributes this decline to awareness from campaigns that include their general don’t drive distracted message, “Don’t Text and Drive” and motorcycle awareness. Snyder points out one area that still needs addressed is education about the dangers of driving while intoxicated or drug impaired.

“67% of our fatal crashes in 2019 involved some type of impairment. OVI is definitely one of those that we need to continue education and enforcement in our county. Unfortunately, those numbers are continually high year after year.”

The Tuscarawas Safe Communities continues their active efforts by reaching over 6,000 people last year through different events around the county. For more information about the coalition, go to www.tchdnow.org/safe-communities.

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