Highway Patrol Urges Caution For Teens During Prom Season

Highway Patrol Urges Caution For Teens During Prom Season

  • 4/24/2019 12:25:10 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

BUCYRUS, OH - The Ohio State Highway Patrol released a statement this week reminding parents and schools that, as the 2019 prom season approaches, teens remain one of Ohio's most at-risk groups on the road.

According to the Patrol, from 2016 through 2018 there were more than 132,000 traffic crashes in Ohio involving at least one teen driver, 71% of which were caused by the teen driver. At-fault teen driver crashes resulted in 255 deaths and more than 39,000 injuries. In fatal crashes, 18 percent of at-fault teen drivers were impaired.

“We encourage teenage drivers to be cautious and drive carefully,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “The Ohio State Highway Patrol is dedicated to keeping all drivers safe during prom season and all year long.”

“In a collaborative effort with local agencies, we will exercise high visibility to ensure you make it home safe,” said Lt. Scott Rike, Bucyrus Post Commander. “We encourage everyone to be responsible by not participating in dangerous behaviors, such as distracted or impaired driving. Together we can make this year’s prom experience a memorable one instead of tragic one.”

The public is encouraged to use #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity.

For a statistical map regarding teen drivers and a county-by-county breakdown of where Patrol citations have been issued to at fault teens, please visit: https://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/MEDIA/2019/TeenDrivers_Bulletin.PDF

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