One Traffic Fatality in Licking County in May 2024

6/15/24 LICKING COUNTY, OHIO – The Licking County Health Department’s (LCHD) Safe Communities Coalition reported one crash fatality in the county during May 2024. In May 2023, there was one crash fatality reported. Year-to-date (May 31, 2024), there have been four crash fatalities in Licking County. At this time last year, there were five crash fatalities year-to-date (May 31, 2023). Our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones involved.

May marked the beginning of riding season for many motorcyclists in America. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds all motorists that Motorcyclist’s Safety Is Everyone’s Safety. Motorcycle safety is an ongoing responsibility for all road users. By consistently following safe driving and riding practices and sharing them with others, all motorists can help reduce the number of motorcyclist fatalities on America’s roads.

The following are safe driving and riding practices that all road users — vehicle drivers and motorcyclists alike — should follow to help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on America’s roadways: 

  • Observe all traffic laws and always obey the speed limit.
  • Drive and ride alcohol- and drug-free.
  • Avoid distractions while driving or riding.
  • Drivers should yield to motorcyclists, especially while turning at intersections.
  • Motorcyclists should wear high-visibility protective gear and DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets. Learn how to identify a safe, DOT-compliant helmet at www.nhtsa.gov/motorcycle-safety/choose-right-motorcycle-helmet

One other significant step that motorcycle riders can take toward promoting road safety for all motorists is completing a rider education and training course. Everyone can work towards a secure environment for motorcycle riders and all other motorists.

For more information on traffic safety issues and crash data in Licking County visit the Ohio State Highway Patrol website.

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