Ohio Sees Decline in Highway Crashes, Fatalities - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Ohio Sees Decline in Highway Crashes, Fatalities

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The number of traffic accidents in Ohio fell 24-thousand last year compared to the year before.

The Ohio Department of Transportation also says that 89 fewer people died on Ohio's roads in 2006 than in 2005.

O-DOT Director James Beasley says the drop in accidents and fatalities is due to programs that target improving highway safety.

For several years, O-DOT and the state's Department of Public Safety have been analyzing crash data so that the highway patrol and local police can focus on targeted areas.

The state is well below the national average on highway fatality rates, with one-point-one deaths per 100 (m) million miles traveled.

The U-S fatality rate is one-point-42 deaths per 100 (m) million miles.

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