OSHP launches safety campaign after uptick in fatal crashes

OSHP launches safety campaign after uptick in fatal crashes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – An increase in traffic fatalities has the Ohio State Highway Patrol asking for your help.

WKBN talked with the patrol Friday to find out what they’re asking the public to do.

Ohio’s roadways have seen a spike in dangerous crashes this year.

“We currently have 15 fatal crashes in Mahoning County with 17 people killed, which is up (from) last year probably about 10 percent,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Brad Bucey said.

The trend is mirrored across the state. So far in 2015, 829 people have died in car crashes, a 15 percent increase from last year.

“We’re just trying to make people aware of the fact that fatalities are up this year. We want everybody to do their part,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Craig Cveten said.

The Canfield post of the patrol launched a partnership with Lamar Advertising. Three electronic billboards in Mahoning County carry special messages from the state patrol.

“It’s more of a real-time approach to what can happen if you drink and drive, text and drive, those sorts of things,” Bucey said.

The state patrol is asking everyone to dial #677 if they see anything dangerous.

“You call that number, and it will hook you up with the local patrol post, and you can give information,” Bucey said.

Calls can be anonymous.

“We would rather just get the information so we can get the impaired driver off the roadway and make the road safe,” Bucey said.

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