- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting an increase in the number of crashes caused by motorists who fail to yield to other vehicles.

In a recent news release, the patrol says total failure-to-yield crashes rose 9 percent last year compared with 2014 data. Such crashes that were fatal jumped 28 percent. Troopers wrote more than 23,000 citations that included a failure-to-yield violation last year.

The patrol says that roughly 49,000 crashes on Ohio roadways happened when the at-fault driver failed to yield, resulting in more than 200 deaths and almost 29,000 injuries.

Lt. Carlos Smith, the commander of the patrol’s Elyria (eh-LEER’-ee-uh) post, says traffic can be frustrating, but motorists need to remain calm and yield for other vehicles that have the right-of-way.

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