Ohio residents may be interested to learn that a new study shows increasing state alcohol taxes could prevent thousands of drunk driving fatalities each year. The research was published online in the American Journal of Public Health.
According to law enforcement authorities with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 68-year-old woman was seriously injured in a head-on accident, and a 23-year-old man is now facing criminal charges. Reportedly, the accident occurred on March 19 on State Route 83 and Ewing Road around 4:28 p.m.
Motorcyclists who are 18 years of age or older are not required to wear a safety helmet in Ohio, but they may be wise to do so considering the sobering fatality statistics among riders. While the number of motorcycle riders who died on the roads fell from 4,986 in 2012 to 4,668 in 2013, riders are still 26 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in an accident per vehicle mile driven, according to NHTSA.
People in Massachusetts who drive on the highways and city streets, could find some statistics interesting regarding distracted driving in the U.S. According to the CDC, distracted driving and impaired driving are ever-increasing problems nationwide. U.S. vehicle accidents that involve an impaired driver take the lives of almost 30 people per day, which means that there is an alcohol-related accident every 51 minutes.
A major car accident on Oct. 19 left one Ohio man dead and five people injured. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that the fatal crash took place on Ohio Turnpike at mile marker 48 in the eastbound lane. The accident happened when a 58-year-old Salem semi-truck driver failed to yield as traffic slowed upon entering a construction zone, according to authorities.
Authorities in Ohio are continuing to investigate a two-car crash in Defiance County that left a 28-year-old Sherwood man hospitalized in serious condition on Sept. 12. According to highway patrol troopers, the female driver believed to have caused the accident was pronounced dead at the scene. News reports indicate that both drivers were wearing seat belts when the fatal incident occurred.
An Ohio teacher died in a multi-vehicle crash that happened south of Waco. The incident, which involved three vehicles, happened at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 9.
Authorities report that a two-vehicle accident in Van Wert around 6:30 p.m. on July 31 left three people with various injuries. All three were transported by ambulance to Van Wert County Hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, it was determined that one of the injured parties had injuries severe enough to warrant air transport to Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The three vehicle occupants were all wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision, and alcohol was not likely a contributing factor.
One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident that occurred on June 20 about 60 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio near Canton. The incident happened close to the Fohl Street SW exit of Interstate 77 at approximately 5:25 a.m. According to investigators, a 20-year-old motorist lost control of a 2003 Dodge Caravan while traveling in the northbound lanes, crossed the median and struck a 2004 Dodge pickup truck head-on. The 28-year-old pickup driver was transported to Aultman Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving.