Stories tagged with: State Highway Patrol

March 26, 2015 - 6:19pm
1 day 10 hours ago

Being distracted behind the wheel can literally be a driving force in thousands of accidents across the country.

A study done by AAA finds that distraction played a role in 58 percent of teen crashes studied. Sergeant Chuck Merryman with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said it's something that officers deal with on a daily basis.

"We see distracted driving in all levels or all ages of drivers," Merryman said. "Unfortunately teen drivers are just as prone if not more...

March 18, 2015 - 7:47pm
1 week 6 days ago

The State Patrol says a drunk driver is to blame as two cars collided on North River Road East Wednesday evening.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. just north of Riverside Park.  According to Trooper Troy Hale, an intoxicated Derek Bush, 36, of Roseville was heading north in an Olds 88 and went left of center.  He then collided head on with a Ford Focus driven by Charles B. Kinney, 34, of Zanesville who was traveling southbound.

Trooper Hale says Bush sustained minor...

January 7, 2015 - 6:51pm
11 weeks 6 days ago

The State Highway Patrol says icy road conditions are to blame for a two car injury accident earlier Wednesday.

It happened just after 11:30 a.m. on State Route 93. Troopers say Mackenzy Shultz was driving a silver Impala north on State Route 93 when the vehicle went left of center and struck a grey Dodge Neon. That vehicle was occupied by the driver Samuel Williams and his wife. All three individuals were taken to Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital with non-life threatening injuries...

January 6, 2015 - 7:39am
12 weeks 1 day ago

Eight people lost their lives on Ohio roadways during the five day reporting period that was the 2015 New Year's Holiday.

That's according the State Highway Patrol. This is a decrease from 2013, the most recent comparable reporting period of five days, in which 12 people were killed.

During this year’s reporting period, troopers arrested 365 drivers for impaired driving. In addition, troopers cited 479 people with aggressive driving, arrested 183 motorists for drug-related...

December 22, 2014 - 5:29pm
14 weeks 2 days ago

The Highway Patrol is reminding people to drive with caution this holiday season.

Troopers will be out in full force to remove dangerous and impaired drivers in hopes of reducing the number of accidents. Sergeant Charles Merryman on the numbers.

"In this area specifically we had zero fatalities, which was great. Unfortunately, state wide there were 24 people that were killed on the roadways. Four of them accidents involved impaired drivers."

Sergeant Merryman...

December 2, 2014 - 10:11am
17 weeks 1 day ago

Two deaths in Muskingum County count towards the total number of deaths reported this Thanksgiving Holiday travel season. 

The State Patrol said the 19 deaths during the five day travel period that extended the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to Sunday night are the most in recent years. 

Of those killed 7 weren't wearing safety belts, five were killed in OVI related crashes and four were pedestrians. 

Last year 17 people were killed on roadways across Ohio....

September 29, 2014 - 7:40pm
26 weeks 2 days ago

A bomb threat has been called in to the Somerset Police Department Monday evening on N. Columbus St. 

Somerset police say the caller claimed to have hostages, but the officers on the scene do not believe there are any hostages involved. The Ohio Department of Transportation set up a blockade at 5:30. The State Highway Patrol Special Response Team is on the scene. The Somerset Police Department, the State Highway Patrol and the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office all have responded...

September 26, 2014 - 3:34am
26 weeks 5 days ago

 The Ohio State Highway Patrol said they continue to investigate a two car injury accident near Duncan Falls. 

The accident took place Thursday, September 25 just before 6pm on State Route 60. 

Sergeant Jeff Jirles of the Zanesville Post says the crash sent a total of five people to Genesis Hospital. Three of the injured are area teens ranging in ages from 14 to 16 as well as a mother and her infant daughter. 

A 16-year-old boy was later taken be medical...

September 18, 2014 - 8:25am
27 weeks 6 days ago

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announce a checkpoint in Licking County for Friday. 

The State Patrol said that the location of the checkpoint will be announced Friday morning. The OVI checkpoint is funded by Federal Grant funds and is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. 

Based on provisional data there were 309 OVI related fatal crashes in which 341 people were killed last year in Ohio. 

On average State Troopers make an average of 25,000 OVI...

September 11, 2014 - 10:45am
28 weeks 6 days ago

Driving's a freedom that we get at the age of 16, but as we age getting behind the wheel can be a danger to ourselves and others.

Lieutenant Matt Boyd said there's no designated age to hang up the keys. For some it may be 50 years-old while for others 90. Lt. Boyd said it's important for those driving to stay in shape and talk to their doctor about the medications they're taking and how to minimize interactions with them.

He said as we age cognitive skills diminish.

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