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Ohio traffic deaths on the rise as November fatalities increase 52 percent from 2013


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The State Highway Patrol says the number of traffic fatalities in Ohio is up from last year.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports patrol officials are especially concerned with the 111 traffic deaths in November. That's a 52-percent increase from November of last year.

Tentative figures showed 925 traffic deaths statewide as of Dec. 1, which is seven more than last year at this time. The total number of traffic fatalities in 2013 hit a modern-day low of 990.

The patrol's superintendent, Col. Paul Pride, tells the newspaper troopers will continue to crack down on impaired and distracted driving, which officials say account for about 35 percent of traffic deaths.

The patrol says 19 people died in crashes around the Thanksgiving holiday last week and over the weekend.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,

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