LIMA — The 2018 Allen County Fatal Crash Summary Report revealed that most of last year’s fatal crashes occurred in clear weather, on dry pavement or unlighted roadways.
In 2018, there were nine fatal crashes and 12 related fatalities in Allen County. Of the 31 people involved in fatal crashes, only 16 used appropriate safety equipment, and four of the 10 people who used no safety equipment sustained fatal injuries.
“What I hope people take away from these (statistics) is the fact that each one of these crashes in which somebody lost their life was preventable,” said Lima Chief of Police Kevin Martin. “People need to be more careful, they need to drive more responsibly and do their part to prevent these crashes.”
According to the report, 77.8 percent of fatal crashes occurred on dry pavement, 88.9 percent occurred in clear or cloudy conditions and 66.7 percent occurred on dark, unlighted roadways. Drug and/or alcohol impairment was a factor in 33.3 percent of fatal crashes last year.
State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Tim Grigsby said that in 2018, there was a 10-year high for OVI arrests.
“What we’ve seen is a fluctuation from just alcohol-impaired OVI to now the introduction of a lot of drug-impaired OVIs,” Grigsby said. “We’re encouraging people to be responsible, designate a driver, and don’t be the reason that a story this time of year, when you’re supposed to be celebrating, has a tragic ending.”
Just one fatal crash in 2018 occurred during a holiday period, but the Lima Police Department and Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are not using that as an excuse to be lax during this weekend’s Super Bowl festivities.
Grigsby said data and studies have pointed them to the concentrated areas and times to be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
According to Sargeant Ryan Ream, Allen County Sheriff Matthew Treglia has dedicated 24 hours of extra overtime to assist regular road deputies with detecting and apprehending intoxicated drivers this weekend.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.