COLUMBUS, Ohio – Crashes involving wrong-way drivers are 100 times more likely to be fatal than other types of crashes, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The Patrol released a report ahead of the July 4th holiday on 60 wrong-way crashes, which resulted in 31 fatalities and 85 injuries between January 2011 and this past April.
“What we learned from this study is that most of these crashes are occurring at night, by impaired drivers. And that these types of crashes will more than likely end with a fatality,” Patrol superintendent Col. John Born said.
The research brief — “Wrong-Way Crashes on Divided Roadways” – indicated that, while 0.35 percent of all crashes on Ohio roadways during the period were fatal, 37 percent of wrong-way crashes proved deadly.
More than half of the wrong-way drivers were suspected of alcohol or drug impairment at the time of the crash, a rate 12 times higher than those involved in all crashes during the time period, and more than four out of five of these wrong-way crashes occurring at night, the report said.
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