Statistics kept by the Ohio State Highway Patrol show that the number of enforcement stops within the borders of Crawford County have increased substantially in 2023, year to date, versus the year before.
This increase was driven in large part by a higher number of warnings issued. It is unknown whether or not this rise was due to the new texting while driving law which, while applicable to more situations, is limited to the issue of warnings for the next few months.
Also increasing were the number of stops for seatbelt and commercial vehicle enforcement issues, while there was a decrease in crashes investigated.
The lower number of crashes may account in part for a corresponding reduction in fatal crashes this year in Crawford County. The latest numbers show that there was one fatal crash as of April 23, compared to 5 in 2022 and 6 in 2021, year to date.
A comparison chart issued by the Ohio State Highway Patrol is below (again, as of April 23):
|Driving Under Suspension Enforcement||56||44|
|Distracted Driving Violations||51||60|
|Commercial Vehicle Enforcement||196||135|
|Felony Warrants Served||0||4|
|Misdemeanor Summons Issued||13||12|
|Misdemeanor Warrants Issued||9||5|
|Identity Theft Enforcement||0||0|
|Resisting Arrest Violations||1||1|