Darke County sees decline in annual traffic fatalities

DARKE COUNTY – Fatal crashes on Darke County roadways has declined over the last several years.

With a little over a month left before the new year, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) reports they have investigated four traffic accidents in which a driver or passenger lost their life in 2017. This number is cut in half from previous years.

In 2016, the DCSO reported a total of seven people were killed on Darke County roadways and a total of eight in 2015. This number has even been in double digits in the past.

Drivers being more responsible and paying attention to the road are a significant factor in this statistic going in the right direction.

“Always wear your seatbelt. I have seen too many people senselessly lose their lives by not doing this one thing,” stated Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker. “Slow down and pay attention to the other vehicles on the road. Do not engage in distracted driving habits. Following these few simple rules will save your life.”

With the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in planning stages of addressing some of the county’s more dangerous intersections, the number of fatal crashes will hopefully continue to drop for Darke County motorists.

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