Six fatalities in Licking County during third quarter

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Traffic accidents claimed six lives in Licking County between July 1 and September 30, says the county health department.

Of the six fatalities, two involved speeding and one involved a motorist not wearing a seatbelt, according to a release from Licking County Health Department. During this same time frame last year, there were nine reported fatal crashes. This a decrease of three fatalities in the county.

“Speeding and not wearing a seatbelt continue to be issues in Licking County,” said Jonathan Kraus, Safe Communities Coordinator at LCHD in the release.

Out of sixteen fatal crashes this year in the county, four involved unsafe speeds, while seven involved motorists not wearing a seatbelt.

“It’s important for people to remember to buckle up and drive the posted limit every time they get in the car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 50 percent of speeding passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2016 were unrestrained at the time of crash,”  Kraus concluded in the release.

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