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Our area could gets it first taste of snow later this week and the State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to be safe on the roadway since its the holiday season.
Between December 2011 and March 2012 there were over 15,000 traffic crashes in Ohio, twenty-seven of which were fatal and over 4,000 injuries. Sergeant Clark Felix of the Zanesville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the common factor in all those crashes was speed.
"The snow, ice, slushy roadways people just have to remember to slow down, if you're going somewhere to leave early to allow yourself that extra time," said Felix.
Sergeant Felix also reminds motorists to have a plan when hitting the highway and to always be on the lookout for accidents that have already occurred to avoid becoming involved.
"Always look for people outside their cars, people do get out just to survey the damage or just to see what's going on. If you're involved in one of those crashes you should remain in your car just for safety purposes because if you are sliding then usually the traffic behind you will be sliding too," said Felix.
The interstate usually has the most crashes in the area due to the bulk of traffic and speed.