A recent meeting of the Fatal Review Committee of the Safe Communities of Pickaway County Program notes an increase in fatalities for the year.   Fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes had been going down over the past two years, but the past year has seen these numbers on the rise.   The committee meets each quarter to make recommendations of what the program can do, and gives law enforcement a chance to exchange information regarding crashes and fatalities.

     “As always, Traffic Safety Advocates have the goal of zero fatalities in any community in which they serve”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County.  “But once again we are seeing a rise in the numbers, and we will need to work harder to remind motorists to practice safe driving habits.”

     The Committee noted a recent increase in crashes that involve drivers who are not being aware of traffic signals and stop signs.  Crashes from the rear that involve multiple vehicles have made headlines lately, and is a concern for the committee.  But the committee’s recommendations remain the same in that education of seat belt use and impaired driving needs to remain a focus of the program.  They also note the need to continue their High Visibility Patrols of local roadways to ensure safer travel in Pickaway County.  

     Safe Communities will be ending their fiscal year on September 30th, and although seat belt use is increasing, the overall review of the year still shows the need for motorists to “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time” they get behind the wheel, and to remember safe speeds when driving on rural roadways.

     For more information on how to keep you and your passengers safe while behind the wheel, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .