Law enforcement reminds motorist how to stay safe during “100 Deadliest Days of Summer”

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP)- Memorial Day has come and gone, and we have now entered the 100 deadliest days of summer for motorists.

Law-enforcement officials say that these 100 days between Memorial Day an Labor Day are particularly dangerous because of summer vacations, increased travel, and an increase in motorists who are unfamiliar with the area.

Authorities say there are a few easy steps they can take to make traveling at this time of the year a little bit safer and that they hope to make people aware of why summer days can be so dangerous.

“We want people to be aware of the information that we have. We want to share it with them. If they know this is going on, they start thinking ‘man, I don’t want to be a statistic.’ That they’re [monitoring] their speed, leave enough space in between vehicles, not drive distracted, pay a little bit more attention to what’s going on, realize that more people are out on the road during this time of year and it will help protect them as well,” says Lt. Chris Chesar of the Marietta Post of the Ohio St. Highway Patrol.

Although these 100 days only account for less than 30% of the year, The Highway Patrol says that Ohio statistics show that nearly 40% of all fatal accidents happen during this time of the year.