“A decision can quickly change your life; » Today begins the 100 deadliest days on Ohio roads


“A decision can quickly change your life; » Today begins the 100 deadliest days on Ohio’s roads

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.”

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The 100 Deadly Days of Summer are the well-known period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

As News Center 7 previously reported Saturdaytwo people are dead and another was injured after a crash involving a motorcycle and an SUV at Main Street and Philadelphia Drive.

Preliminary investigation reveals an SUV driven by Meleah Walker, 31, of Dayton, was turning left onto Philadelphia Drive from northbound State Route 48 when she was struck by a motorcycle driven by Shawn Norman, 58 , of Dayton. Norman was driving south on State Route 48.

Norman and his passenger, 67-year-old Clarence Weatherby of Dayton, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

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Robertson spoke to Sgt. Tyler Ross last week. He said people need to keep an eye out for small objects like motorcycles on the roads and bikers need to pay attention to them too.

Motorcyclists are reminded to wear their safety equipment and drivers are reminded to wear their seat belts.

Last year, there were 10 fatal crashes involving a motorcycle over Memorial Day weekend. Seven were not wearing their safety helmets.

Sgt. Ross said nearly 50 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve drugs or alcohol. He added that it’s important for people to have a plan.

“A decision can quickly change your life, you know, not just your driving privileges, not just going to your friend’s house or having to pay a ticket or working overtime to pay that ticket, but it could change the rest of your life,” he told Robertson.

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Ross also asks drivers not to drive drunk.

As of the last Memorial Day weekend of 2023, there were 24 fatal crashes in Ohio, and 18 of them involved a person under the influence.

He said many people choose to drive drunk and not wear their seat belts. Ross wants people to take driving seriously.

“People are losing their lives and being killed, so it’s serious,” he said. “It’s a huge responsibility, it’s a privilege to drive a vehicle at the end of the day you’re driving a deadly weapon on the road.”

You can report dangerous driving to your local police department or the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

To report suspected impaired driving, dial 677 to report drug activity and dangerous or impaired driving on the roads.

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