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Memorial Day Weekend; Second Deadliest for Ohio Roads

It's the second deadliest weekend for Ohio roadways.

The Ohio Department of Transportation reports over two-thousand crashes during last year's Memorial Day weekend on Ohio roads alone. Out of those nearly nine-hundred ended in injuries and twelve in death.

"We're not out to get people, we just want to deter their bad driving habits," explains Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Knowlton.

Deter habits that could lead to an accident or even death.

Whether it's a warning, ticket, or just being visible, the goal is to stop that accident, before it happens.

"During Memorial Day weekend we're going to have extra people out on the roadway to where we can stop extra vehicles, we're going to search for impaired drivers and be highly visible to deter that bad driving," says Trooper Knowlton

It's the second deadliest holiday weekend on Ohio roadways.Trooper Knowlton says it's all about taking a proactive approach. "The best way to deter the bad driving habits is to be highly visible, if we're sitting here in the median, that's going to slow individuals down from their speed which is part of being highly visible," explains Trooper Knowlton

So if you plan to take to the open road this Memorial Day weekend... know there are other families, drivers, and authorities sharing the road.

"Slow down, watch your speed limits. Be a defensive driver while you're out there on the roadway and just obey all the laws of the roadway while you're out there," continues Trooper Knowlton.

It's about doing your part... to contribute to a "Safer Ohio.

The OSHP also recommend anyone who notices suspicious activity on the roads to dial #677.

Also for up to date travel information, maps, traffic alerts, work zones, and road closures visit: www.BuckeyeTraffic.org


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