Troopers say failure to yield resulted in 49k crashes in 2015

Troopers say failure to yield resulted in 49k crashes in 2015

ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers, crashes caused by drivers' failure to yield (FTY) rose last year by nine percent when compared to 2014.

Fatal FTY motor vehicle accidents increased 28 percent.

Authorities say when drivers fail to yield, the resulting crash tends to be more severe than collisions with other causes.

In 2015 more people were injured or killed in FTY crashes. In 2014 that number was 25 percent as opposed to 36 percent the following year.

In total, 49,473 crashes on Ohio roadways occurred when the at-fault driver failed to yield, resulting in 206 deaths and 28,857 injuries.

Troopers would like to remind motorists to pay attention to which vehicles have the right-of-way and yield to them.

Last year 23,623 citations were written that included an FTY violation.

"Traffic can be frustrating, but that's no excuse to endanger yourself and other drivers," said Lt. Carlos Smith, Elyria Post Commander. "It's always best for all motorists to remain calm and yield for other vehicles that have the right-of-way."

Drivers can call # 677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

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