There are road signs in Ohio getting people’s attention in a big way.
They list the number of people who died on the roads so far in 2015.
And that number is already approaching 1,000.
According to the signs, 849 people who started out on the roads in Ohio this year never made it home.
Some were in cars, others in trucks.
One of the seven who died on Belmont County’s roads was on foot.
The signs with the death tallies tend to grab your attention.
But that’s the point.
“Pay attention to the road signs,” said Sgt. Kyle Shirer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “Whether it’s construction zones or reduced speed zones, just watch your speed, wear your safety belt and keep your distance between your vehicle and those around you.”
Aggressive driving accounts for an increasing number of crashes this year.
Instead of become furious about the other guy’s driving, here’s how Sgt. Shirer said you can stay calm and carry on.
“Just worry about what you’re driving, no matter what everybody else is doing around you,” he advised. “Pay attention to your own vehicle and what’s going on inside it.”
The patrol is facing its most challenging season in this area–winter.
He said the key to driving in ice and snow is taking it slow.
Drivers are saying they pass those signs every day, and when the death toll goes up, it’s disturbing.
“We hope that it does drive the point home to see that these roads are dangerous out there and maybe make people think twice about doing things they shouldn’t,” he concluded.