The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its 2013 data on traffic deaths, revealing an improvement from the prior year. Nationally, 32,719 people died in crashes in 2013, a 3.1 decrease from 2012 (33,782 fatalities).
The holiday season brings out the worst in driving behavior. Mix winter conditions with stressed out drivers - many of whom have been drinking alcohol - and you have a recipe for a bad accident.
This week, a woman was sentenced to an 8-year prison term for her role in the drunk driving death of a 36-year-old Ohio woman. The incident occurred on Independence Day of 2013. The 36-year-old woman was driving an SUV on U.S. Route 50 when she was struck nearly head-on by the intoxicated woman.
In a story that quickly made national news, an Ohio man posted a confession on the Internet this week detailing a night of drunken driving that ended in the death of an innocent bystander. The four-minute YouTube video shows the man, face blurred and voice distorted, describing a night of drinking at a number of local bars. After he was "black out drunk," he got in his car to go home.
In Ohio, of-age motorists are able to legally drive their cars with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08, as long as they're safely following the rules of the road. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has sparked controversy across the U.S., by recently calling for states to lower their alcohol limit to 0.05.
A 2011 Dixie Highway crash shows how one horrible decision can have tragic consequences. In that accident, a 22-year-old man was out on the town when he met two women at the bar. The women agreed to go for a ride in his Chevy Malibu, but wouldn't live to regret it.
If there is one thing that is absolutely positively predictable about an intoxicated driver, it is the fact that a drunk driver's actions are completely unpredictable. Even children playing in their own yard are not safe from the reckless unpredictability of someone under the influence of alcohol.
It's that time of year again when everything turns green. We aren't just talking about the buds that will soon appear on the trees, but we are talking about the hoards of green shirts, hats, beads and beers that appear on March 17 every year. It is St. Patrick's Day and it is known for its green-themed parties.
Most people probably assume that if an accident is going to occur around New Year's, it will most likely occur on New Year's Eve, not the following day. Unfortunately, for one Ohio resident, it was New Year's Day when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle.