Stay safe during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer”

Press Staff Writer

        Because the time period from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend is referred to as the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to drive buckled, focused and sober.
        Last year, 336 fatal crashes killed 360 people during this time period. These 100 days only represent 28 percent of the calendar year, but they account for more than one third of all fatal traffic crashes and deaths. Operating a vehicle while impaired and speeding significantly contributed to these crashes. In fact, 37 percent of all fatal crashes were OVI-related and 28 percent were speed related.
        The 100 days also encompass the primary motorcycle riding months. Last year, 55 percent of all motorcycle involved crashes and 25 percent of motorcycle fatalities occurred during this timeframe.
        “Drivers should make responsible choices behind the wheel every day of the year, but this is especially important during these dangerous summer months,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “Protect yourself and others on the road by committing to safe driving habits.”
        “The safety of everyone using our roads is our primary concern,” said Col. Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “By driving sober and obeying the speed limit, we can make this a safe summer in Ohio.”
        You can help contribute to roadway safety by calling #677 to report drug activity and dangerous or impaired driving.
        A statistical map detailing citations and other motorcycle related information can be found at
Look before you lock
        Wood County Safe Communities announced that, as of June 5, there have been six fatal crashes in Wood County for the calendar year 2019, compared to seven for the same time frame in 2018.
        Outside of crashes, heatstroke is the number one vehicle-related killer of children in the United States.  Approximately one child every nine days will die due to vehicular heatstroke. In fact, in 2018, there were 52 preventable deaths of children in vehicles. This makes 2018 the year with the most fatalities that we have had in four years nationwide.
        A child’s body temperature can rise more than five times faster than an adult, and heatstroke can occur with outside temperatures as low as 57 degrees. On an 80-degree day, a car can reach a deadly heat level in just about 10 minutes.
        Caregivers can prevent accidental heatstroke in children by:
        • Never leaving a child in a vehicle unattended. Even for a minute.
        • Making it a habit to look in the back seat when exiting the car – every time.
        • Always locking the car and put the keys out of reach of children.
        Bystanders who see children unattended in a car should:
        • Make sure the child is okay and responsive. If not, call 911 immediately.
        • If the child appears to be okay, attempt to locate the parents or have the facility’s security or management page the car owner over the PA system.
        • If there is someone with you, have one-person actively search for the parent while other(s) wait at the car.
        • If the child is not responsive and appears to be in distress, attempt to get into the car to assist the child – even if that means breaking the window.
        Far too many children have been inadvertently left in vehicle or have gotten into a vehicle on their own. Vehicular heatstroke tragedies change the lives of parents, families, and communities forever. So, remember to look before you lock.


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