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UPDATE: Ohio State Highway Patrol shares number of speed related crashes

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Marietta Office
Ohio State Highway Patrol, Marietta Office(WTAP News)
Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 12:52 PM EDT
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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is getting ahead of this upcoming Labor Day weekend and urging drivers to slow down.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, from 2018 to 2020, over 91 thousand crashes on Ohio roadways were contributed by the driver going over the speed limit. Lieutenant Chris Chesar says there are speeders all across the buckeye state.

“It’s a state-wide problem. Your bigger cities have more people and bigger populations and more speed-related problems. But, it covers everybody,” Chesar said.

“You may be going from Marietta to Cleveland to go see your family pay attention to your speed. Not only does it affect you and your family or the people you are with but those other motorists around you.”

Chesar says unsafe speed was attributed to 763 crashes in Washington and Morgan counties and that 8 people have lost their lives after being in a speed-related crash from 2018 to 2020.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Wednesday that fatal speed-related wrecks rose statewide from 2019 to 2020.

The totals went from 294 in 2019 to 337 in 2020.

Unsafe speed was a factor in about 29 percent of all fatal crashes between 2018 and 2020, resulting in 1,027 deaths.

“When a person drives over the speed limit, it increases the dangers to the driver, other motorists and passengers,” said Lieutenant Chris Chesar, commander of the Marietta Post of the OSHP. “Because of the dangers, this is why responsibility, awareness and safe speeds are so critical for our motoring public.”

Unsafe speed was a factor in 763 crashes in Washington and Morgan counties between 2018 and 2020.

Athens County alone had 825 speed-related crashes. Wednesday morning, a fatal wreck was reported just outside of Athens where speed was a suspected factor.

You can view a full breakdown of speed-related crashes from the past few years here.

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