General Headquarters — Columbus, Ohio
For Immediate Release: January
Contact: Lt. Tony Bradshaw (614) 752-2792
COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol credits their LifeStat 1.0 strategic goal, which strives for one death per 100 million vehicle miles traveled on Ohio roadways, for the record low fatalities in 2006. The Patrol believes their enforcement and education efforts, as well as statistical analysis, are the underlying reasons that fatalities in 2006 were at an all-time low on Ohio roadways.
The Patrol made over 1.4 million professional stops in 2006, with 60 percent being non-enforcement stops to help, assist and educate motorists. One out of four enforcement-related stops in 2006 was for either aggressive driving or for an OVI offense. The Patrol arrested 26,187 drivers for OVI in 2006, and cited 133,650 drivers for aggressive driving.
Provisional data for 2006 shows 1,231 people were killed on Ohio roadways compared to 1,328 in 2005. Of those killed, more than 30 percent were on urban roads.
The Patrol continued its zero tolerance enforcement of safety belt violations in 2006 with the What’s Holding You Back?/Click It or Ticket campaign, issuing 124,686 safety belt and child restraint violations. In 2006, 66 percent of motorists killed in urban areas were not wearing safety belts, compared to 58 percent in rural areas.
Last year, several new research initiatives aided the Patrol in monitoring the roadways. Using historical crash data, The Ohio State University’s Statistical Consulting Service produced Crash Predictive Models that forecasted where, when and why a crash might occur. The Patrol also used the Google Earth application to map everything from OVI checkpoints to fatal crashes on Ohio roads. Through this innovative use of technology and analysis, troopers had an unprecedented level of information from which to identify the most effective areas that they should patrol to enforce dangerous crash-causing violations.
“Troopers across the state are focused and dedicated to reducing traffic fatalities and injuries on Ohio roadways by educating drivers and enforcing Ohio’s traffic laws,” Colonel Paul McClellan, Superintendent of the Patrol, said. “Our success in 2006 in reducing fatal crashes, along with positive contributions in criminal patrol and auto theft enforcement, shows we are making a difference toward a safer Ohio.”
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