The Licking County Health Department’s (LCHD) Safe Communities Coalition reported one crash fatality in the county during October 2023. During October 2022, there were two crash fatalities reported. Year-to-date (October 31, 2023), there have been eleven crash fatalities in Licking County. At this time last year, there were 17 crash fatalities year-to-date (October 31, 2022). Our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones involved.
Whether you’re driving out of town or just across town to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, remember that more drivers will be on the roads than usual. 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 seatbelt safety with this essential reminder: Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.
During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2021 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, November 29), there were 361 passenger vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes across the nation, and half (50%) were unrestrained. Not wearing a seat belt proved to be deadly at any time of the day during the holiday weekend: 52% of those killed in nighttime crashes were unbuckled, and 46% of those killed in daytime crashes also were unbuckled. These deaths represent needless tragedies for families across America and may have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.
“The Thanksgiving holiday is the start of a special time of year for many people,” said Bri Perkins, Safe Communities Coordinator. “No matter how long or short your drive, it’s critical that drivers and passengers Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. We want everyone to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving” she said.
For more information about traveling safely this Thanksgiving, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts.
For more information on traffic safety issues and crash data in Licking County visit the Ohio State Highway Patrol website.