Rural fatalities drop
COLUMBUS -- Lt. Gov. Maureen O'Connor has announced that Ohio saw a decrease in rural fatalities and an increase in safety-belt usage in 2001.
To date, numbers show that 62 fewer people died on Ohio rural roads and highways than during the same time period last year. Observational surveys report 4.3 percent more people are choosing to wear safety belts when traveling in motor vehicles.
As of Dec. 31, 920 people died on Ohio's rural roads and highways as opposed to 982 last year.
Northeast Ohio, which consistently reports low seat belt usage rates, showed a 9.2 percent increase.
Besides a public awareness campaign that will continue this year, there were several enforcement blitzes concentrating on speed, impaired driving and safety belt law violations in 2001.
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