12/08/14 6:15 p.m.
The winter of 2013-14 proved to be a dangerous one on the roads. The state highway patrol reports there were over 33,000 crashes, killing 38 people and injuring about 9,000.
The patrol says speed was a factor in 49 percent of those crashes and urges people to drive slowly and cautiously during the winter months.
In our area, Wood County had the most crashes last winter with more than 750. Hardin County suffered the least at only 29. Hancock County saw just under 500 accidents last winter, Allen had about 540, Seneca was just under 300 and Wyandot and Putnam were each just over 100.
In addition to slowing down, the patrol suggests having an emergency kit in your car at all times. In this kit they recommend keeping: a cell phone with car charger, road flares or reflectors, “help” or “call police” signs, first aid kit, flashlight, blanket/sleeping bag, small shovel, bottled water and energy foods, candles and matches and a tow strap/chain.
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