Four Traffic Fatalities in Licking County in the Third Quarter of 2023

LICKING COUNTY, OHIO – The Licking County Health Department’s (LCHD) Safe Communities Coalition reported four crash fatalities in the county during the third quarter of 2023, from July 1 to September 30. During the same time frame last year, there were three crash fatalities reported. Year-to-date, there have been 10 crash fatalities in Licking County. At this time last year, there were 14 crash fatalities year-to-date. Our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones involved.
The end of the year is approaching and with that comes the holidays. With the holidays, many of us may be traveling to visit family and friends, so it’s important to remember driving safety. More vehicles on the roads increases the likelihood of a motor vehicle crash. During this kickoff to the holiday season, it’s more important than ever to stress the importance of seat belt safety with this essential reminder: Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. “Please, make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled before you ever turn on the car — and that includes children being in the correct car seats, too,” said Safe Communities Coordinator, Bri Perkins.
In addition to the holidays, winter weather conditions are also approaching. Winter weather can cause road conditions to become extremely dangerous, causing motorists to be more cautious during these months. Some driving tips to remember during winter weather include slowing down and ensuring proper following distance. If you are traveling on a snow-covered road, it’s harder to control or stop your vehicle. Having a proper following distance between you and other cars and driving slower allows you to have more time to react and stop to help keep you and other drivers safe.  
The Coalition is a group of community partners with the goal to reduce traffic-related deaths. It is administered by the Licking County Health Department and provides quarterly traffic fatality updates to the community. It is the Coalition’s mission to educate the public about the consequences of dangerous driving behaviors such as drinking and driving, reckless driving, distracted driving, not wearing a seat belt, and not wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle. The fatality updates inform the public about the common driving behaviors that cause fatal crashes and educate the community to create safer drivers.
For more information on traffic safety issues and crash data in Licking County visit the Ohio State Highway Patrol website.

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