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Three traffic deaths in first quarter

NEWARK – The Licking County Health Department’s Safe Communities Coalition reports three traffic fatalities during the first quarter of 2018, January 1 to March 31, in Licking County.

Of the three fatalities, one was a young driver and two were not wearing a seatbelt. At least one of the fatalities involved alcohol and/or drugged driving and two involved speeding. During this same time frame in 2017, there were seven reported fatal crashes.

The Safe Communities Coalition reminds drivers to focus on driving, be alert and make good choices when behind the wheel. The vast majority of crashes are a result of driver error like speeding, being distracted, failing to yield and losing control. Drivers are not paying attention, and even simple mistakes can often have deadly results that could have been prevented.

In 2017, Licking County saw a total of 30 fatalities from 29 reported crashes. 2017 had 10 more traffic fatalities than in 2016, when 20 total fatalities from 19 crashes were reported.

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