Preliminary State Highway Patrol data shows 2013 was a record low year for the number of traffic fatalities.
At least 923 people died on Ohio roads, down from more than 11 hundred in 2012. Additional deaths are under review but have not been confirmed as traffic fatalities, making the possible total 981. It would be the first time Ohio has had fewer than 1 thousand traffic deaths since record-keeping began in 1936. The patrol's superintendent says many factors are involved, including law enforcement and educational efforts, better emergency medical care and improved engineering of vehicles and roads.