COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) – Columbiana and Mahoning Counties have each seen 10 traffic fatalities in 2014, according to data released Wednesday by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Ten fatal accidents have occurred in both counties. Franklin, Montgomery and Medina Counties had the most with 16, 14, and 13, respectively.
November 2014 saw a 52% increase in traffic fatalities over November 2013, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, making it the deadliest month of 2014.
OSHP says avoiding distracted or impaired driving can help reverse the trend, as impaired motorists have been responsible for 35% of traffic deaths in Ohio in 2014.
Wearing a seat belt can also help avoid fatalities.
Citizens can report impaired or distracted drivers by dialing #677.
“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.” OSHP Colonel Paul A. Pride said. “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.”
Click on the image below to see a summary of 2014 traffic fatalities in Ohio by county.