The Ohio Traffic Safety Office recently reported that Ohio is on target to end the 2013 year with fewer than 1000 crash fatalities.
This would be a first for the state. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Statistical Analysis Unit, there were 903 (provisional) crash fatalities in Ohio as of November 30, 2013.
Based on the December 2012 crash fatality number, it is projected that there may be an additional 71 fatalities in December, making the projected crash fatality 974 for Ohio in 2013. Last year in Stark County we had 33 traffic fatalities.
To date in 2013, we have had 24 reported crash fatalities so our county has had a part in the statewide decrease. This is an accomplishment we should be pleased with, however, one we should never be satisfied with.
The statement "we only had 974 crash fatalities last year" should not be one we are comfortable making. It is a statement that would not bring much comfort to the families and friends of the over 900 crash victims who have died so far this year in Ohio.
Many people across the nation and right here in Stark County are working diligently to reduce the number of people who die on our roadways. The phrase "it takes a village" certainly applies in this case.