Traffic fatalities are on the rise statewide, but that isn’t the case here in southeast Ohio.
A new report shows that 2012 fatalities in the state are up 14% over the same period in 2011. That’s 654 fatalities compared with 574 last year. State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Steven Rine said District 7 which includes Muskingum and Coshocton Counties, has reported 38 fatalities so far in 2012.
"We’ve got five traffic crashes with six people killed here in Muskingum County. In Coshocton County, we have seven crashes and seven people killed," said Rine.
Rine said those numbers are relatively typical for this time of year. He said he can’t pinpoint the reasons for the increase across the state, but speeding is likely a factor.
"We’re pretty aggressive and active in speed enforcement, so I think that’s what’s kept our numbers low here in this county," said Rine.
Rine said distracted driving also contributes to a number of fatal crashes.