|Failure to yield causes more than 40,000 crashes in 2013|
|Tuesday, June 03, 2014 8:13 PM|
LIMA — Motorists running red lights, stop signs or failing to yield to traffic are causing far too many crashes in Ohio each year. In fact, these violations were the second-highest cause of fatal crashes in 2013. That is why the Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging all motorists to take their time, ensure that cross traffic is stopped or clear and obey all traffic signs and signals.
Failure to yield violations can be deadly – in 2013, 43,926 crashes in Ohio were caused by a driver failing to yield – killing 169 people and injuring 26,185. Young drivers, age 16-25, were at-fault in 31 percent of these crashes. This is nearly twice as high as those aged 26-35 – with 16 percent.
“Drivers are urged to pay close attention to stop signs and signals when traversing Ohio’s roadways,” said Lt. Brant Zemelka, Lima Post Commander. “They need to ensure the intersection is clear before entering it.”
Drivers can avoid failure to yield crashes by:
• Slowing down and taking their time
• Looking both ways before entering an intersection
• Signaling every turn and lane change
• Making a complete stop at stop lights and stop signs
• Yielding to other drivers and being courteous
To view the entire statistical analysis regarding failure to yield crashes and citations, visit www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/FTY_Bulletin_2014.pdf.
As always, the Patrol asks drivers to call # 677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.