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Slight Drop In Traffic Fatalities But Rise In Pedestrian Deaths

Jan 28, 2019

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he Ohio Department of Transportation reports a slight decline in traffic fatalities last year.

But officials are watching what they see as a troubling new trend. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

There was a nine-percent reduction in traffic fatalities last year. But that’s after four years of seeing a steady increase in deaths.

 

Michelle May with ODOT’s Highway Safety Program says they want to take a closer look and learn from last year’s improvement.

 

May: “So we’re really trying to talk with one another about how we can try and jumpstart this positive trend and stretch it out for a longer period of time.”

 

They’re also trying to find new strategies to decrease the number of pedestrian deaths, which were higher in the past three years compared to the previous ten years.

 

For full details, read the 2018 Pedestrian Fatality Report.