Franklin County car accidents involving fatalities have spiked in recent weeks. A head-on crash on Route 33 earlier this month that took the life of Canal Winchester resident Joe Mangan was the latest fatal crash in this area.
Since October 9th, 8 fatalities have been recorded. A spokesperson for the Ohio Highway Patrol stated that in the past few weeks, there has been “an alarming trend in fatalities.” November was the deadliest month of 2014 so far. A total of 111 traffic fatalities were reported in the state last month – 52 percent more than November of 2013. The Ohio Highway Patrol is asking all drivers to help in reversing this trend by never driving while distracted or impaired. More than half of the 17 fatalities reported by the Ohio Highway Patrol involved alcohol.
The City of Columbus reported 49 fatal car accidents through mid December 2014, claiming 51 lives. In 2013, Columbus reported a total of 39 fatalities in 38 car accidents.
“Remember, each death on our highways is more than just a statistic. It is a loss of life that, in many cases, should have been prevented” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “That’s why the Patrol is so diligent in cracking down on impaired driving, safety belts and other traffic violations. We don’t want a tragedy to occur in your family.”
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