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Ohio traffic deaths fell last year, but rose in our area.
The Zanesville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol had 15 fatalities in 2008 and 22 fatalities in 2009. Despite the heavy snow storms of 2010, the Zanesville Post has had minimal fatalities.
"The Zanesville Post covers a two county area, Coshocton and Muskingum County. We have had one traffic fatality in Coshocton county and none in Muskingum county," tells Trooper Mark Masters.
The Cambridge Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reports having one fatal accident so far this year in Guernsey County. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has a 24-7 initiative called LifeStat. Trooper Masters says the patrol hopes for zero fatalities each year, but according to LifeStat they do not want to exceed 13 fatalities in Muskingum and 5 in Coshocton each year. To keep people safe on the roads, Trooper Masters says the patrol has had rigorous enforcement.
"As far as enforcement action taken, being visible to the public, strong education to young drivers, older drivers and anybody we come in contact with. Education is a big thing with us," says Trooper Masters.
State agencies say preliminary numbers show 1,028 people were killed in crashes in 2009. That is down 14% from the 1,191 fatalities in 2008.