I'm seeing too many emails from Brian Holt.
Here are some subject names in the emails:
''Serious Injury Crash in Trumbull County''
''Fatal Traffic Crash''
''Troopers Investigating One-Vehicle Fatal Injury Crash''
''Warren Post focused on the rising fatalities''
And this one has a subhead: ''Trumbull County fatalities at 17 so far this year.''
I think you get the picture.
Holt actually is Lt. Brian T. Holt. He is the Ohio State Highway Patrol's public relations person for the Warren Patrol Post in Southington.
This is a troubling trend. According to the Highway Patrol, in 2011, 21 people lost their lives in car crashes in Trumbull County. Already this year, fatalities are at 17, including the latest fatal crash on Thursday in the city of Girard when a man was killed after colliding with a semi.
Why the up-tick? Here are some statistics from the Highway Patrol:
Of the 15 crashes, nine were alcohol-related.
Of those killed this year, two were pedestrians and of the other 15 killed, only one was wearing a seat belt.
Eight have been attributed to unsafe speed.
The range of these accidents is all over the place. A motorcycle slammed into a wrecked dump-bed truck on U.S. Route 11. A couple on a motorcycle with two riders on it hit a donkey. The passenger later died. A man was killed in a single vehicle accident on Niles-Vienna Road. His vehicle overturned and caught fire. Not wearing a seat belt, he was thrown from the vehicle. One man was driving home late at night on North Road in Warren and was killed when his vehicle went off the road and struck a tree.
So, to deal with the increase in traffic fatalities, Lt. Holt issued a press release and held a press conference at the Warren Post to announce they are focusing on top crash-causing violations: seat belts, driving under the influence and speed.
Everyone knows the dangers of drinking and driving. We all know the dangers of speeding. Most people know the dangers of not wearing a seat belt. Combine any of the above and the outcome probably is not going to be good. Not all of the people killed were traveling too fast, not wearing a seat belt or drinking. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I admire the highway patrol for trying to stress the importance of driving safely. Will the patrol's efforts slow the trend in fatalities? I don't know. It's difficult for troopers, or any police officer for that matter, to protect people from themselves. Bad decisions lead to bad results - and sometimes death. Drinking and driving, not wearing a seat belt and speeding are bad decisions.
As long a people are driving, there are going to be accidents. Some accidents are going to be worse than others. Those sad facts can't be changed. But at this pace, 2012 is shaping up to be a deadly year on the highways.
No offense to Lt. Holt, but I hope to see fewer emails from him. The name is getting much too familiar.
Robinson is the editor of the Tribune Chronicle. You can email him at email@example.com.