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OSHP Warns Drivers About 100 Deadliest Days on Ohio Roadways

The face of a teenage boy is reflected in the side mirror of a car, looking directly at the camera with a serious expression.

The “100 Deadliest Days” refer to the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) reports a significant increase in traffic and car accidents on Ohio’s roadways. This timeframe is particularly hazardous as people embark on vacations and engage in more travel, leading to a higher number of vehicles, including motorcycles, on the roads.

In 2022, northwest Ohio witnessed a staggering 9,909 crashes during the “100 Deadliest Days,” according to OSHP data. Statewide, there were 67,305 crashes and 371 fatal crashes, resulting in the tragic loss of 397 lives. Over the past five years, approximately one-third of all fatal crashes in Ohio have occurred during this 100-day period. The OSHP is committed to raising awareness about these statistics to motivate drivers to prioritize safety and make responsible choices while behind the wheel.

What causes increased car accidents during the 100 Deadliest Days?

Several factors contribute to the increased number of crashes during the “100 Deadliest Days”:

  • Increased teen drivers: With school out, there are more inexperienced teen drivers on the road, often driving unsupervised.
  • Distracted driving: The use of smartphones, social media, and other distractions is more common, especially among younger drivers.
  • Alcohol consumption: Summer parties, barbecues, and vacations often involve alcohol, which leads to more instances of drunk driving.
  • More vehicles on the road: Summer travel increases traffic volume and leads to congested roads and a higher likelihood of collisions.
  • Longer days: Extended daylight hours can lead to driver fatigue, especially during long trips.
  • Higher speeds: Open roads and good weather often lead to higher driving speeds.
  • Increased pedestrian and bicyclist activity: During summer, more people are walking and biking, which increases the potential for vehicle-pedestrian and vehicle-bicyclist collisions.

How can crashes be prevented during the 100 Deadliest Days?

The OSHP has provided valuable safety advice to help drivers navigate the “100 Deadliest Days” safely. Sgt. Ryan Purpura from the Ohio State Highway Patrol emphasizes the importance of being cautious behind the wheel.

“It’s just about being cautious with things in our control,” said Sgt. Purpura, per WTOL 11. “Do those things like wearing a safety belt, having designated sober drivers, and putting distractions down.”

The OSHP encourages all drivers to take these safety recommendations seriously and make them a priority during their summer travels. Other ways to stay safe on the road include:

  • Adhere to posted speed limits and drive according to road conditions.
  • Use navigation systems to plan routes and avoid unfamiliar or congested areas.
  • Ensure you are well-rested before long drives to avoid drowsy driving.
  • Regularly check your car’s tires, brakes, and fluid levels to prevent breakdowns.
  • Remain calm and patient, even in heavy traffic or frustrating situations.

Through various channels, such as media campaigns, community outreach programs, and increased patrol presence, the OSHP is working diligently to disseminate important safety information. Their goal is to save lives by encouraging drivers to make responsible choices and prioritize safety during their summer travels.

How can parents help prevent collisions involving teen drivers?

The OSHP is also placing focus on teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days. As teens leave school for the summer, they may be more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors. The OSHP encourages parents to take an active role in teaching their teenage children to obey traffic laws and practice safe driving habits. This includes reminding teens to avoid distracted driving, such as using cell phones or engaging in other non-driving-related activities while behind the wheel.

Additionally, parents should stress the importance of never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and adhering to posted speed limits. By having open and honest conversations with their teens about the responsibilities and potential consequences of driving, parents can play an important role in promoting safe driving habits that will last a lifetime.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, you be eligible for financial compensation to cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An experienced attorney at Merriman Legal, LLC in Cleveland can protect your rights and advocate for you every step of the way.

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