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Ohio cyclists encourage motorcycle awareness

Many Ohio motorcyclists are taking part in an effort to increase awareness of cyclists. Along with May being Motorcycle Awareness Month, there is an effort to remind motorists that cyclists will be back on the road after the winter hiatus and to watch out for riders to prevent a motorcycle accident. In Muskingum County county alone, there are around 4,000 motorcycles registered, and there were three fatalities resulting from accidents in 2012 that could have been prevented.

The main idea that cyclists want motorists to take away is that they should keep an eye out for people on motorcycles. As their motto states, "Look twice, save a life." According to an American Bikers Aimed Towards Education (ABATE) coordinator, due to the slim construction of motorcycles, people who only glance before pulling out can easily miss seeing them.

Police, other officials oppose Ohio traffic camera ban

Ohio lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would outlaw traffic cameras that enforce speeding and red light laws in the state. These cameras already ticket thousands of motorists throughout the state, and they were designed to encourage safety and reduce the risk of a car accident. However, opponents of these cameras state that they only exist to create revenue and that they infringe on Ohioans' privacy.

The cameras work by snapping pictures of people who run red lights or exceed the speed limit by a certain amount, usually 10 mph, and citations are issued to offending motorists. One member of the Toledo Police Department has stated that these cameras have led to a reduction in car accidents because it is like having a police officer on every corner. He continued that the mere presence of these cameras has led to a reduction in violations. The mayor of Toledo agrees and has said that cameras provide a fair ticketing process that has saved lives.

Stolen truck crashes into cars

Residents of Ohio may be interested to learn that a series of collisions occurred between a semi-truck and several motor vehicles on a California highway on April 7, 2013. A man driving a stolen truck said he tried to escape from zombies. The truck was operated by a man police described as a transient. He was a rider in the semitruck. When left alone in the cab at a highway stop, he took the vehicle and proceeded to drive off. After colliding with many vehicles he overturned the truck. He later told police it was all an attempt to shake off zombies that were clinging to the back of the truck.

The man in the stolen truck struck four vehicles and caused consequent collisions as vehicles went out of control and then collided with other vehicles. Some occupants of the vehicles he struck were seriously injured. Truck accidents have a deadly potential due to the speed and mass of a fast moving semi-trailer. In this case, there was the additional factor of a driver apparently under a chemical influence and hallucinating.

New app designed to reduce teen driving accidents

Ohio parents now have increased options for helping to reduce the risks associated with their teenagers learning to drive, and among these options is a new app that helps track a teen's driving experiences. According to a researcher at the University of North Carolina, many teenagers are getting driver's licenses without having any experience driving at night or in bad weather. Not knowing how to respond to these situations can lead to a car accident, particularly for an inexperienced driver.

The most dangerous time for a driver is when he or she first starts driving alone and must learn how to navigate precarious conditions without the guiding hand of a parent or driving instructor. The more experience that a teen has driving in snow, in bad weather and on different roads, the less likely he or she will get into an accident.

Two children dead after Interstate 76 crash

A family on their way home from Columbus, Ohio met with tragedy on Interstate 76 when a 2-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were killed in a crash. The car accident occurred near the exit for State Route 534 when the SUV in which the children were riding rolled over in the median and landed in the westbound lane, where it was struck by an oncoming semi truck.

The SUV was driven by the children's 38-year-old father. The two children, along with their mother, were riding in the back seat of the vehicle and the three were ejected. Police believe that the three victims were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash although the driver was belted in. The mother and father were taken to a hospital with serious injuries but are expected to survive. A dog riding with the family also survived the crash. The semi truck driver was not injured.

Massive interstate pileup kills 3

Interstate 77 runs from Cleveland, Ohio, to Columbia, South Carolina, and a section of it near the Virginia-North Carolina border was recently the scene of the deadliest crash in the highway's history. A chain-reaction car accident involving up to 100 vehicles killed three and injured at least 25 others, tying up the interstate for hours.

Virginia State Police have not yet discovered the initial cause of the crash but suspect that there were at least 17 separate collisions involved and blame the extremely foggy conditions. The area of the crash is very mountainous, and a blanket of fog covered the area at the time of the collisions. The area has been the scene of previous multi-vehicle crashes. Overhead boards advised motorists to reduce speed due to the lack of visibility in the fog.

I-75 truck accident leaves one injured

A truck driver on Interstate 75 near Vandalia was caught while in the process of fleeing the scene of a crash March 28. The truck accident occurred near the Northwoods exit on the northbound side of the interstate when the tractor-trailer made an improper lane change and struck an SUV driven by a woman.

The victim sustained minor injuries in the crash but was treated and released at the scene. The truck driver continued traveling and reportedly did not stop at the scene of the accident. Ohio State Troopers caught the driver about 30 miles north of the accident site. He will be charged with improper lane change as well as leaving the scene of an accident.

Rear-end collision injures two in Ohio

A Hancock County collision that sent one person to the hospital was the result of a rear-end crash, according to authorities. The car accident occurred during the afternoon March 25 when a 33-year-old Fostoria driver who was traveling west on State Route 12 struck a 24-year-old Risingsun driver from behind as he slowed down to turn.

The passengers in the victim's car, two of whom were toddlers, were checked for injuries at the scene. One 22-year-old woman was transported to an area hospital to have her injuries assessed. The rear driver was cited for failure to keep a safe distance and for having an invalid driver's license at the time of the crash.

Traffic light to be installed at deadly Clearcreek intersection

On March 16, the intersection of State Road 48 and Lytle Five Points Road was the scene of a deadly car accident. According to police, the wreck occurred when a man traveling in the westbound lane on Lytle Five Points Road failed to stop at the intersection and collided with a pickup truck that was traveling northbound.

This car accident highlighted the dangers that other local drivers were already aware of at this particular intersection. Speed on the road, coupled with the lack of a traffic light, have been concerns for drivers, and the Ohio Department of Transportation has announced that it will be placing a traffic light in this location during the summer in response to these mounting concerns and growth in the area. The March 16 wreck is one of two fatal accidents that have occurred in the area in recent weeks; the other reportedly happened only a mile away on the same road.

Cyclist seriously injured after Whitewater collision

A Cincinnati man was recently injured when a 1997 Jeep Limited SUV struck him while he was riding a bicycle in Whitewater Township. The bike and vehicle were both traveling southbound on Route 128 when the SUV veered to the right and collided with the bike, which was reportedly on the right side of the white line. The car accident remains under investigation.

The driver was not injured, but the cyclist sustained serious injuries that required airlifting him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He remains hospitalized in critical condition. Authorities have not yet indicated whether or not the driver will be cited, but they stated in a press release that neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have contributed to the accident. 

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