GALLIPOLIS — September is Safe Driving Awareness Month, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to commit to only driving while buckled, focused and sober.
In Gallia and Meigs counties, there were more than a combined 1,100 crashes on average. Gallia checked in with 755 while Meigs had 364.
In addition, motorists help keep roadways safe when they take their time, drive defensively and know all traffic safety laws.
“By devoting their full attention to the road, motorists can reduce their risk of getting into a crash,” said Lt. Max Norris Gallia-Meigs post commander. “We need all motorists to practice safe driving habits to make the roadways safe all across Ohio.”
From 2010-14, an average of 287,303 motor vehicle crashes occurred on Ohio’s public roadways each year. Of these, an average of 957 involved fatalities with 1043 people being killed. Additionally, 104,551 people were injured in crashes each year.
Last year, 1,008 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Although the number of fatalities was 2 percent lower than 2013, it was still the second-lowest total recorded in Ohio since record keeping began in the 1930s.
From 2010-14, Franklin County has averaged 31,766 motor vehicle crashes per year, the highest in the state. Over the same period, Franklin County recorded nearly 73 fatal crashes and 78 fatalities per year.
In contrast, rural Noble County averaged just 165 motor vehicle crashes per year with 3 being fatal crashes.
Overall, there are an average of 3,265 crashes per county per year in Ohio.
September was designated as Safe Driving Awareness Month by Senate Bill 294, signed by Gov. John Kasich in June 2014, to honor Maria Tiberi and other victims of motor vehicle crashes. Tiberi was a 21-year-old college student who died in a distracted driving crash in September 2013. She was the daughter of Columbus television sports anchor Dom Tiberi.
To view the statistical analysis regarding the safe driving awareness month visit www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/SafeDriving_Bulletin_2015.pdf
As always, the Patrol asks drivers to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.