Multi-Agency Safety Effort

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2015

US6 Multi-Agency Safety Efforts Introduced

 Fremont – The Williams, Henry, Wood, Sandusky, and Erie County Sheriff’s Offices along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced plans for a traffic safety enforcement effort on US6.  The US6 corridor from the Indiana line to Sandusky has been identified as a highly dangerous road to travel in Northwest Ohio.

In the past three years (2012 to 2014) this stretch of US6 has seen eighteen (18) fatal traffic crashes, 484 injury crashes, and 1,372 property damage crashes.  Sheriff’s deputies and troopers hope to use traffic safety signs, education, and enforcement to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal traffic crashes along US6.  The Ohio Department of Transportation will put out warning signs and speed trailers will help educate motorists on US6.  Deputies and troopers will also target enforcement areas on US6 to make this a safer route to travel.

Ohio crash statistics show Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday as having the highest number of crashes between the hours of 7:00 – 10:00 AM and 3:00 – 6:00 PM.  The top three crash causes are following-to-closely/ACDA, Failure-to-yield, and improper lane changing/Passing.  “Distracted drivers and driving left of center play a major role in the improper lane changing crash cause,” said Lieutenant Matthew B. Meredith, OSHP Fremont Post Commander.  Officers will target these violations and times during the safety effort.

The US6 Corridor Project will run from May thru November.  Motorists should expect to see extra warning signs and more officers patrolling US6 in an effort to keep motorists safe.