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State Highway Patrol, Gov. DeWine stress responsible teen driving as prom approaches

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Governor Mike DeWine are reminding students and parents that teens are one of the most at-risk groups for crashes.

According to the Patrol, more than 132,000 traffic crashes in Ohio have involved at least one teen driver.

At-fault teen crashes resulted in 255 deaths and nearly 40,000 injuries between 2016 and 2018. 18% of the at-fault teen drivers were impaired during the crash.

According to the release, more than 1,900 teens have been at fault in crashes in Mahoning County during that period.

During the same period, Trumbull County reported 1,337 at-fault teen crashes and Columbiana County reported 678.

"We encourage teenage drivers to be cautious and drive carefully," said Governor DeWine. "The Ohio State Highway Patrol is dedicated to keeping all drivers safe during prom season and all year long."

"In a collaborative effort with local agencies, we will exercise high visibility to ensure you make it home safe," said Lt. Bucey, Canfield Post Commander. "We encourage everyone to be responsible by not participating in dangerous behaviors, such as distracted or impaired driving. Together we can make this year's prom experience a memorable one instead of a tragic one."

The public is encouraged to use #677 to report impaired or dangerous drivers.

A full list of at-fault teen crash statistics can be seen here.

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