Agencies to Join Together to Fight Impaired Driving
The National Crackdown on Impaired Driving is a time period where law enforcement agencies statewide and nationally will have extra patrols out on highways and roadways in an attempt to stop impaired driving. Locally, law enforcement will work together in Pickaway County to be a part of this statewide and national effort.
“Our Office is committed to use our funding through the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to work with other law enforcement agencies throughout the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign”, stated Sheriff Robert Radcliff. “This includes our partnership with the Circleville Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. We have been a long time recipient of funds to add extra patrols during these specific campaigns and holidays, and we will continue our efforts to keep Pickaway County safe.”
The local post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol also receives funds for enforcement and creates a variety of enforcement plans throughout the year. During “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, Lt. Steve Herron of the Pickaway Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducting what is known as “saturation patrols” throughout the Pickaway County area. By creating partnerships with the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and the Circleville Police Department, all of the agencies will be able to cover the county with extra manpower to fight impaired driving and save lives by removing impaired drivers from our local roadways.
“We are committed to the efforts of saving lives through enforcement in Pickaway County and throughout the state”, stated Lt. Steve Herron, OSP Commander of the Pickaway County Post. “We want to create a joint effort with our law enforcement partners and continue to keep fatalities low in Pickaway County, as well as protect innocent drivers from those who choose to drive impaired. Just like the slogan states…if you don’t ‘Drive Sober’, you will get ‘Pulled Over’.”
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” continues through Labor Day. However, it should be noted that Impaired Driving is an issue that concerns law enforcement throughout the year. If you have a friend or family member that is impaired, never let them get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk”. For more information on this enforcement period, and others throughout the year, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.nhtsa.gov .
A National Crackdown on Impaired Driving that runs through Labor Day was kicked off at the Circleville Walmart on August 21, 2015. Several traffic safety partners were present to help make the event a success. The event was used to make the public aware of the dangers of driving impaired, and to highlight the toll that crashes and fatalities can make on an individual, families, and the community. Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff opened the festivities, and noted that in Pickaway County many crashes, injuries, and fatalities can be attributed to Impaired Driving.
“In 2014, Pickaway County had 18 crashes that were specifically a result of impaired driving, and of those crashes 3 resulted in a fatality. Five people died, and there were 19 injuries associated with a choice to drive impaired. It is my mission to continue the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office to rid our roadways of impaired drivers through extra patrols, and to work cooperatively with other agencies to do all we can to keep our citizens safe on our roadways”, Radcliff stated.
Sheriff Radcliff was joined by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Circleville Police Department, Pickaway Twp. Fire Department, and Safe Communities of Pickaway County in promoting the event. Walmart, an ongoing partner in traffic safety was the sponsor of the event, and the Circleville High School Marching Band Percussion section was on hand to entertain attendees. The annual “Drum-a-thon” and Bake Sale put on by the Circleville High School Marching Band Boosters not only helped to promote the idea of driving sober, but raised funds for percussion equipment for the marching band.
We can not thank all our partners enough for their support in the promotion of this safety message”, noted Safe Communities Director Teresa C. Carper. “It is especially important to have the backing of a local business that employs many of our citizens, but having the Circleville Marching Band join us helps us to reach younger drivers.”
The Enforcement Period continues through Labor Day and local Law Enforcement will be stepping up their patrols in an effort to crack down on impaired driving. Although many may think that “impaired driving” only refers to “drunk driving”, impairment can include being under the influence of drugs. Anyone who gets behind the wheel needs to make sure they are able to focus on the road.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign” is one of many traffic safety initiatives that the local Safe Communities program and law enforcement participates in throughout the year. For more on this and other traffic safety campaigns, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
Kick-Off for “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” August 21st
Safe Communities of Pickaway County and their partners in Traffic Safety invite the public to join them in their kick-off for the 2015 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Crackdown on Impaired Driving. The event, to be held at 10:00 a.m. on August 21, 2015 at the Circleville Walmart, was planned to make citizens of Pickaway County aware of this important traffic safety initiative. Impairment when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle kills thousands of people each year nationwide, and has affected the lives of many families right here in Pickaway County. By being aware of the dangers, it is hoped that those who plan to drink will NOT choose to drive.
“Safe Communities of Pickaway County wants to thank all of their partners and the general public for improving safety on our roadways this past year”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Director for the program. “We invite the public to help us promote this important message at this annual event.”
The festivities will begin with Sheriff Robert Radcliff officially opening the enforcement period, and local law enforcement and the Pickaway Twp. Fire Department will be on hand to greet the public. Information will be provide and citizens can participate in some activities that show how dangerous impaired driving can be. Circleville High School Band Boosters will join Safe Communities with a bake sale and the Percussion Section of the band will be on hand to entertain guests. All proceeds from the bake sale will go to the Percussion section of the Marching Band.
So please join Safe Communities and Walmart in kicking off the 2015 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Enforcement Period that will run from August 21, 2015 through Labor Day. For more information on this and other traffic safety/enforcement periods visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
A year that has seen a remarkable safety record with no traffic fatalities for the first half of 2015, changed during the month of July 2015. The month of July saw one fatality during the Fourth of July weekend that broke that record, however the number of fatalities from motor vehicle crashes remains low compared to 2014. Although statistics are an important part of gauging safety, the most important message is that crashes can happen at any time. We all need to follow safety recommendations every time we get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, and pay attention to the road ahead of us.
“Each year, traffic safety advocates nationwide set the goal of keeping our roadways fatal-free”, states Teresa C. Carper, Safe Communities of Pickaway County Director. “But the most important message to remember is that the lives of our citizens are important, and the decisions we make behind the wheel can have devastating consequences when we do not put safety first.”
Basic safety rules are a standard in all traffic safety programs and messages. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign that was kicked off in May and is a staple throughout the year in traffic safety programs. The message reminds us that seat belts do save lives, and is an ongoing contributing factor in fatalities in Pickaway County crashes. Furthermore, distracted driving injures and kills thousands of people each year nationwide, and to “Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive” is often an understatement. A four second text can result in a lifetime of loss for family and friends of someone who is lost in this type of crash. Finally, all of us must take responsibility when consuming alcohol and pay attention to the message that we need to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign will be kicked off locally this month, and Safe Communities is asking everyone to join them in their efforts to stop impaired driving and save lives. Safe Communities, local law enforcement, Circleville High School Marching Band, Pickaway Twp. Fire Department, and Wal-Mart will kick off this campaign on August 12, 2015 at the local store on US 23. The campaign will run through the Labor Day weekend.
Keeping yourself, your passengers, and others safe on our roadways is the main focus of Safe Communities of Pickaway County and their programs throughout the year. Join their efforts and do your part to stay safe behind the wheel. Learn more on how to do this at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
Bike, Walk, and Drive Safely!
As students and their parents prepare for the upcoming school year with trips to the stores for supplies and clothes, safety should be on the list for those same students and all of us who travel in a motor vehicle. It is important to remind our new drivers to buckle up, not text and drive, and follow recommended speed limits. All drivers can help in this safety initiative by paying attention to students biking or walking to school. The important message is that all of us in Pickaway County can start the school year off right by making safety a priority.
“This is the time of year when school buses will join the roadways, and motorists need to remember the laws that protect those buses and our younger citizens who ride them”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County. “Make sure you yield to these buses, and pay attention to those students who are entering or exiting this type of motor vehicle.”
Law enforcement will continue to be on alert for violations of safety laws, and will work to keep our roadways safe. Students who drive to school must also have a sense of responsibility to themselves and to those friends who ride with them by “Buckling Up Every Trip Every Time” and remember that to “Stay Alive” they need NOT to “Text and Drive”. Ohio law prohibits teens from using any type of electronic device when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
For more information on general traffic safety rules, and suggestions for the beginning of school and throughout the year, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office serves as the primary PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) for all of Pickaway County. The sheriff’s office has been very proactive for decades now in keeping up with modern day technology and going above the basic standards in public safety communications. Currently the sheriff’s office is in the process of upgrading server equipment and software that serve our community from a day-to-day basis on 911 emergency responses and calls for service.
According to Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff, our office has always been a pioneer and showcase to other agencies and vendors on the standards and methods we implement within the Pickaway County 911 communications dispatching center located at the Sheriff’s Office. Some of the technology includes AVL and GPS tracking of our emergency vehicle units. Hi-resolution aerial imagery of the entire county that plots 911 caller information on digital maps so we know exactly where a 911 call is coming from. Nixle public notification alerting system. Backup procedures and failover radio communications capability to the Circleville Police department when needed. And many other technological advancements.
Today the Pickaway Sheriff’s Office is working with Medflight and AirEvac who are the primary medical air evacuation service providers in our area to implement a new software app. Medflight deployed a new desktop and mobile app called Metro Alert in early Spring of 2015 that allows GPS coordinates and dispatch notification to be done in the field by a mobile device or the click of a mouse within our 911 dispatching communications center. This new technology helps speed up the process in getting a medical air evacuation dispatched out by eliminating time it takes for communication personnel to pick up a phone and dial a number. AirEvac is currently in the process of developing an emergency medical dispatching app that is expected to be launched later this year.
Sheriff Radcliff said that when we became aware of this new public safety technology at no cost to our county, we moved on getting it implemented. Currently the Sheriff’s Office has the Medflight software located and working in the 911 dispatching communications center and plan to have this medical emergency app deployed to other surrounding fire and EMS agencies. Please watch the 10TV cover story video below.
Although there have been no traffic fatalities for the first half of 2015, a recent crash over the July 4th weekend reminds us that the Summer Months can be one of the most dangerous times of the year. Although most of us think of the winter as the most dangerous time with the ever changing weather conditions, summer poses different types of dangers. There are more people on the road, more inexperienced drivers are behind the wheel, and there are special events and holidays where alcohol use is possible during the summer months. Also, motorcycles and pedestrians are out enjoying the better weather during this time of year. All these factors add to the odds of potential crashes. Safe Communities of Pickaway County continues to remind drivers AND passengers of all ages to “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time”. Furthermore, everyone needs to observe the slogan “Stay Alive Don’t Text and Drive” and to never, ever drive impaired.
As of June 2015, there had been zero fatalities on Pickaway County roadways. In 2014, there was one fatality documented during this same period. As the year progressed, there were multiple fatalities as the result of motor vehicle crashes. These numbers do not reflect the number of crashes that ended in significant injury or property loss. Even though a recent crash ended in a fatality, Pickaway County roadways have been safer overall. Keeping safety a part of your routine throughout the year can help keep those numbers low.
Whether you are a seasoned driver, a motorcycle rider, a teen driver, or the parent of a teen driver, you can learn more how to be safe when behind the wheel. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov to learn more about safe driving habits.