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More Ohio motorists making pothole claims

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Court of Claims says 256 people have sued the state transportation department so far this year for damage caused by potholes on state highways.

That's way more than the 110 claims filed all of last year, and the 147 complaints registered in 2012 with the Court of Claims, which handles cases involving vehicle damage.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1lmtW5j ) reports that on average, about 50 percent of the claims result in a payout. The average award was just under $600 for the last five years.

The especially brutal winter led to more potholes than usual in many regions of Ohio this year.

Drivers have up to two years to file for reimbursement with the Ohio Court of Claims. Forms can be downloaded at ohiocourtofclaims.gov.

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