County sees 2 fatals crashes in final quarter of 2015

Staff Reports

TROY — Two fatal traffic accidents occurred in Miami County during the quarter of Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, according to the Miami County Public Health’s Safe Communities Coalition, which tracks traffic fatalities in an effort to create programs to reduce these numbers.

The coalition’s mission, along with the quartly report, is to educate the public about the consequences of dangerous driving behaviors such as drinking and driving, reckless driving, texting and driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and not wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle. The purpose of this quarterly fatality update is to keep the public informed about common driving behaviors that cause fatal crashes, as well as educate the community to be safer drivers.

“All of us in the Miami County law enforcement community are extremely pleased to see the return of the Safe Communities Coalition through Miami County Public Health. This collaborative partnership between public and private entities is of great importance in getting educational programs and materials out to the public to increase traffic safety throughout Miami County,” said Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak. “This coalition will be an important component in helping lower the injury and fatal crash rates in Miami County. We in the sheriffs’ office are proud to be members of the Safe Communities Coalition and look forward to assisting at safety events throughout the county.”

In 2015, there were a total of 11 traffic fatalities in Miami County. Of these fatal crashes 55 percent of those involved were not wearing their seatbelts. Additionally, 36 percent of the crashes were due to alcohol use and 9 percent due to drug use.

For more Information about the Safe Communities Coalition, contact the Safe Communities Coordinator at