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The number of traffic fatalities in Coshocton County is more than twice the number the county saw in all of 2008 and authorities are taking notice.
This year 11 people have lost their lives in vehicle accidents, while five were killed in 2008. Troopers at the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol are seeing common factors in the crashes.
"The main contributing factors to the fatal crashes in that area is the unsafe speed and also we've identified a problem that motorists are not wearing their safety belts, 86 percent of the fatalities reported in that county have been due to the reason are simply just not buckling up," Lt. Chad Neal, Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Troopers from three State Highway Patrol posts, the Patrol's aviation unit and the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office will now be conducted extra patrols in Coshocton County. Lt. Neal says they'll have no tolerance for speeders or motorists not wearing their seat belt and the added patrols will be spread across Coshocton County.
"Crashes have been reported throughout the county, so there's no one specific area or roadway that's been identified as a major problem. It's just a problem behavior just in that county alone," he says.
Authorities are especially concerned with the upcoming increase in traffic due to the holiday season. They will be continuing the extra patrols through 2010.