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      Crash deaths inch up in Lucas Co., Pedestrians make up 1/3 of victims

      The Lucas County Traffic Safety Program issued a report, on Monday, that found fatal crashes and motor vehicle fatalities were both up slightly during the last 6 months.

      According to the Program, there were 15 fatal crashes and 15 motor vehicle fatalities in Lucas County between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.

      Both numbers were up by one each, for fatal crashes and motor vehicle fatalities, when compared to numbers from the same time the previous year.

      "During this same six month period...there were 14 fatal crashes and 14 fatalities," Lucas County Traffic Safety Program Coordinator Gwen Neundorfer said in a press release.

      The program also found that 5 of the 15 killed were pedestrians and that 60 percent of all fatal crashes involved a driver or pedestrian under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

      Thirty-eight percent of drivers killed were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash, despite one being available.

      The Traffic Safety Program is funded through grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The program is administered by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West.