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Six die in Licking County traffic accidents in the third quarter

NEWARK – The Licking County Health Department’s (LCHD) Safe Communities Coalition reports six traffic fatalities during the third quarter of 2018, July 1 through September 30, in Licking County.

Of the six fatalities, two involved speeding and one involved a motorist not wearing a seatbelt. During this same time frame last year, there were nine reported fatal crashes. This a decrease of 3 fatalities in the county.

“Speeding and not wearing a seatbelt continue to be issues in Licking County,” said Jonathan Kraus, Safe Communities Coordinator at LCHD. Out of sixteen fatal crashes this year in the county, four involved unsafe speeds, while seven involved motorists not wearing a seatbelt. “It’s important for people to remember to buckle up and drive the posted limit every time they get in the car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 50 percent of speeding passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2016 were unrestrained at the time of crash,” said Kraus.

The Safe Communities Coalition and local law enforcement will continue efforts to decrease fatalities by reminding everyone to Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. and Click it or Ticket. Although simple, this action could save your life and keep you and your family safe.

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