Ohio highway fatal crashes up for 5th year

With Christmas and New Year’s Eve crashes still to come, highway fatalities in Ohio in 2019 have exceeded the total from 2018, state officials said in a message urging motorists to be more safety conscious.

Through Thursday, 1,119 people had been killed in traffic crashes on Ohio roads since Jan. 1, up from 1,068 for all of last year and the fifth year-over-year increase in the past six years, state officials said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be targeting distracted drivers. State statistics list 305 distracted-driving deaths since 2013, but the actual number is believed to be “significantly higher” because drivers rarely admit to having been distracted.