Traffic fatalities highlight need for road work

On a statewide basis, the most serious measure of traffic safety saw a marked improvement last year. The State Highway patrol reported fewer than 1,000 traffic fatalities in 2013, the first year Ohio was below that mark since the state began keeping records of it in 1936.

The previous low for traffic deaths was 1,016 in 2011.

Closer to home, the numbers are far worse. Seneca County saw as many fatal crashes – 11 – as in the previous two years combined.

Obviously, there is work to be done. A good place to continue focusing efforts is on SR 53. Nearly one in four fatal accidents in Seneca County over the past three years was on that road.

Last year, elected officials in Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties took renewed interest in improving SR 53 between US 23 and US 20. The aim is to make travel on that roadway safer and more efficient.

We urge those officials to continue working toward that goal this year. Perhaps the gubernatorial election will help this region attract some overdue attention to this key stretch of highway.