Williams County Safe Communities released its Williams County traffic accidents and fatalities update for the first quarter of 2021.
There were two fatal crashes during the months of January, February and March, compared to one fatal crash in the first quarter of 2020.
Of the two fatal accidents, one involved a person who was operating a vehicle while intoxicated and did not have a fastened seat belt, according to Peg Buda, health educator and Safe Communities coordinator for the Williams County Health Department.
The second fatality was a driver 55 years old or older.
There were a total of 243 traffic accidents in the county in the first three months of 2021, and 393 accidents through May.
“The most common type of crash in Williams County is deer-related crashes (115), with mature-related crashes, involving a driver 55 years or older, a close second (113),” said Buda.
The City of Bryan, the Ohio Turnpike and Ohio 15 between Bryan and the turnpike accounted for the majority of the county’s accidents.
Among the five-month total, there were 88 commercial vehicle accidents, 61 speed-related accidents, 45 involving teens, 18 work zone-related crashes, 17 alcohol-related and four involving motorcycles.
Buda said the Safe Communities Coalition — made up of county law enforcement and public safety personnel — emphasizes the need for continued safety awareness education emphasized for impaired driving, seat belt usage and mature drivers.
Accident information comes from the Ohio State Highway Patrol website.