COLUMBUS – Independence Day is the fourth-deadliest of all major travel holidays in Ohio, and alcohol-related crashes are mostly to blame. Some alarming statistics:
· Alcohol-related crashes account for about 40 percent of Ohio’s fatalities and around 17 percent of serious injuries each year.
· Between 2006 and 2012, 3,076 people died and 11,695 people were seriously injured in Ohio in alcohol-related crashes.
· Male drivers between the ages of 21 and 30 accounted for the highest number of fatalities and serious injuries
· Most urbanized counties have a higher number of serious crashes associated with alcohol
· Many rural counties have a higher percentage of serious alcohol-related injuries or deaths when compared to the total number of serious crashes occurring within the county each year.
To ensure Ohio roads are safe this holiday weekend, motorists should DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER, or plan a safe way home before the fun begins. Start by designating a sober driver before drinking or use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
While construction work is suspended over the holiday, many permanent work zone restrictions remain in place.