Motorists that don’t yield for other vehicles with the right-of-way – known as failure to yield – rose in 2016, causing nearly one in five crashes in Ohio, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
In total, 52,207 crashes on Ohio roadways occurred when the at-fault driver failed to yield, resulting in 206 deaths and 30,929 injuries.
The OSHP reports that these crashes tend to be more severe than crashes of other causes. Thirty-seven percent of failure to yield crashes resulted in deaths or injuries in 2016, compared to 26 percent of all crashes. Last year, troopers wrote 20,858 citations that included an FTY violation.
“Traffic can be frustrating, but that’s no excuse to endanger yourself and other drivers,” said Lt. Angel Burgos of the Bowling Green OSHP post. “It’s always best for all motorists to remain calm and yield for other vehicles that have the right-of-way.”
To view the entire statistical analysis regarding failure to yield crashes and citations visit www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/FTY_Bulletin_2017.pdf.