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Fatalities Continue to Increase in Pickaway County

Two more fatalities in November is adding to a growing list that concerns traffic safety advocates. During the Holiday Season, the numbers only add to this growing concern. The Safe Communities of Pickaway County program and local law enforcement are already working to get the word out that this time of year is particularly dangerous for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

“This time of year is particularly dangerous due to a number of factors”, stated Safe Communities of Pickaway County Director Teresa C. Carper. “All of us have our minds elsewhere with all the festivities, which adds to distractions. Furthermore, all the extra parties add to the potential of drivers being impaired.”

Many individuals who would not normally drink and drive may do so during the Holiday Season while attending parties and special events. Just one of two drinks may not seem a lot to a driver, however even the smallest amount of alcohol can make a person impaired. That is why the slogan of “Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving” is so important. Furthermore, nothing can impair your Holiday more than being caught driving impaired. Law enforcement is adding extra patrols, so remember to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”.

Finally, please remember to “Buckle Up Day and Night”. In Pickaway County, a large number of traffic fatalities have resulted in a driver or passenger who did not wear their seat belt.

To find more information on traffic safety tips, Safe Communities of Pickaway County recommends visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at .

By |December 19th, 2014|Categories: General News|0 Comments

YOU Choose….Drink OR Drive

Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving This Holiday Season

The Holidays are almost here and so will be the celebrations. Along with enjoying family and friends, the gift exchanges, the fantastic food….some will also choose to celebrate with alcohol. Drivers need to remember that if they choose to drink, they will need to choose not to drive. Although you may feel fine, a couple of drinks may put you over the limit. That is why Safe Communities of Pickaway County and local law enforcement want to remind you that if you don’t “Drive Sober”, you will get “Pulled Over” this Holiday Season. Law Enforcement has already added extra patrols, and will continue to do so through the New Year’s Celebrations. Celebrate responsibly and plan ahead…..designate a driver before the festivities begin.

“The Holidays are such a special time of year”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County. “Whether it is a family get together near Christmas, or a party to ring in the New Year, safety should be the greatest gift this Holiday Season. We encourage motorists to think before the drink and get behind the wheel.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding everyone that driving impaired has become a terrible killer on our nation’s highways. Each year, an average of 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers. This time of year is especially dangerous with the increase in parties and festivities. In December 2012, 830 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes that involved at least one drunk driver or motorcycle rider. Even a little alcohol can make a big difference in a driver’s ability. The bottom line is that it is never okay to drive after drinking….”Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving”.

So Pickaway County Drivers……follow the tips presented by NHTSA and your Safe Communities of Pickaway County Program by designating a sober driver if you plan to involve alcohol this Holiday Season.

By |December 17th, 2014|Categories: General News|0 Comments

Another Fatality in Pickaway County for the Month of October

Another motor vehicle crash in the month of October brings the total number of fatal crashes for 2014 to 7. The main highway running through Pickaway County, US 23, seems to be the main area or roadway of concern for local traffic safety advocates. The Fatal Review Committee of the Safe Communities of Pickaway County Program discussed the trend of crashes and fatalities on US 23 at their last meeting in September. Although crashes occur throughout the county, US 23 has seen an increase in crashes ending in fatalities over the past year. Whether it is the increase in speed limits, the volume of traffic, or distractions and weather related issues, the concern remains that drivers need to be aware that they should put safety first every time they are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

“It is important that drivers remember that crashes can and do happen, and that no one is immune to being involved in a motor vehicle crash”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Safe Communities Director. “Drivers and passengers can improve their chances of surviving a crash by simply buckling their seatbelt. Pickaway County remains below the average of seat belt use in Ohio, and is often a contributing factor in fatal results of a motor vehicle crash.”

Speed is also a continuing factor in many crashes and fatalities. Safe speed limits are as important as the posted speed limits. By remembering that weather, volume of traffic, and road conditions should be considered in the rate of speed that drivers use when traveling can play a major role in crashes, and ultimately prevent injuries and deaths. Slow down, buckle up, put down the phone, and never drive impaired—four easy rules to increase your chances of safe travel in and out of Pickaway County.

For more information on traffic safety, statistics, and talking to our younger drivers about safe driving habits, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a website full of suggestions, statistics, and information. Visit the site at .

By |November 14th, 2014|Categories: General News|0 Comments

It is Just Plain Scary to Drink and Drive!

Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving This Halloween!

You should be afraid of what could happen to you if you choose to drink and drive this Halloween. In Pickaway County, law enforcement will be out stalking the roadways looking for anyone who chooses the scary act of drinking and driving. Halloween is great fun, and it is not just for kids anymore. Great Halloween parties can make great memories if you choose to be safe. Plan ahead, and designate a sober driver before the fun begins.

“Too many individuals may think they are able to drive when often they are not legal to be behind the wheel”, noted Sheriff Robert Radcliff. “When a person drinks alcohol, they may feel fine and decide to drive. As the alcohol metabolizes, the effects of the alcohol may become apparent. Once behind the wheel, the risks to the driver increases, as well as the risk to other innocent drivers on the road.”

Every year in America, thousands of people are killed by the selfish and preventable act of driving drunk. In 2012, drunk driving crashes made up nearly one-third of the total number of fatalities with 10,322 persons killed nationwide. And younger drivers, although alcohol use is illegal under the age of 21, made up the largest group of drivers that were involved in this type of fatal crash. Almost one-fifth of the younger drivers, or 18%, involved in a fatal crash were legally drunk.

As Pickaway County begins a new fiscal grant year, they will join other law enforcement officials in making sure the roadways in our community do not become frightful from drunk drivers. “Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving”, and remembering that “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” can make this Halloween a little less scary on our roadways. For more traffic safety related information, visit the National Highway Traffic Administration at .

By |October 29th, 2014|Categories: General News|0 Comments

Pickaway County Follows State Trend with One Traffic Fatality in Late September

A motor vehicle crash in late September in Pickaway County caused the death of three persons. Unfortunately, this crash follows a state trend for motor vehicle related deaths in late September. Information sent to the Safe Communities program noted that in Ohio, September is an unusually dangerous month for motor vehicle crashes and deaths. As the seasons change, along with weather conditions and Fall activities, Safe Communities notes that this time of year is especially important to remain vigilant while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. They especially want to extend the message of how important it is to plan ahead when attending parties and events that involve alcohol. Also, by limiting distractions, being mindful of speed limits, and “Buckling Up Day or Night”, you can also improve your chances for a safe Autumn season on our roadways.

“Deer crashes increase in Fall, as well as crashes due to weather conditions”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for the Safe Communities of Pickaway County Program. “But, the biggest issue is often an increase in our travel to special events, Halloween parties, and other celebrations. If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver long before the fun begins.”

Safe Communities was just awarded an annual grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety with funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The program is in its fifth year of existence, and continues to promote traffic safety awareness and education to the Pickaway County Community.

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: General News|0 Comments

2014 Safe Bank Project

The 2014 Safe Bank Project was a success and had a good turn out today. Angela An with 10TV was master of ceremonies and a list of speakers for the day included Robert B. Radcliff, Pickaway County Sheriff, Chaplain Ronald Reese, Sheriff’s Office, Judy C. Wolford Pickaway County Prosecutor, Financial Exploitation of Seniors – David Kessler, Investigator Fairfield County, Ken Mammoser F.B.I., Marianne Hemmeter, Deputy Director, Economic Crime Unit Ohio Attorney Generals Office and Philip Gentile, Postal Inspector. Other’s in attendance included Pickaway County Auditor Melissa Betz, and Pickaway County Recorder Joyce Gifford Pickaway County S.A.L.T. and Ross County S.A.L.T. groups.

The outcome in attendance with this years Project Safe Bank has exceeded the previous years and we as a group hope to further training and raise awareness on financial exploitation on elders.

Angela An with 10TV standing with Robert B. Radcliff Pickaway County Sheriff

By |October 21st, 2014|Categories: General News|0 Comments

Parents Need to Talk to Teens About the “5 to Drive”

National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 19-25, 2014

The “5 to Drive” is five important rules that teens need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Parents need to be involved in the process, and not be afraid to talk to teen drivers about these five simple rules. Making sure parents set boundaries and expectations from the onset of a teen driving a motor vehicle can mean the difference between life and death. Although this may sound dramatic, the truth is that motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer or persons between the ages of 14 and 18 years. Just five simple rules may make all the difference in the safety of a teen driver. These “5 to Drive” rules are:

*No Drinking and Driving

*Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time-Front Seat and Back

*Put It Down! One Text or Call Could Wreck It All!

*Stop Speeding Before it Stops You

*One passenger at a Time.

Although alcohol is illegal for those under the age of 21, it still play a part in about 28% of motor vehicle crash deaths for this age group. Everyone should realize that buckling up is the easiest way to improve their safety, and distracted driving is becoming a hazard to all those who participates in this activity while behind the wheel . Speed played a role is almost half of the motor vehicle crash fatalities for young drivers in 2012, and having more than one passenger in your vehicle increases your chances of a crash with each person you add to the vehicle.

There are laws in the state of Ohio regarding the number of passengers a teen may have when driving a motor vehicle, as well as laws that prohibit cell phone use by teens while driving.

Parents can join other parents during National Teen Driver Safety Week and make the discussion of “5 to Drive” a priority. Parents can find more information on this program, and how to help their teen become a safer driver at . The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends the Teen Driver Safety be a priority of parents, traffic safety organizations, and other groups that advocate safety for teens.

By |October 21st, 2014|Categories: General News|0 Comments

Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office Continues High Visibility Enforcement

A grant that was written earlier this year has been approved for the cost of overtime for extra patrols on local roadways, with the goal of making Pickaway County fatal-free. Over the past three years, the average number of motor vehicle crash fatalities has increased slightly. The Sheriff’s Office hopes that the county can improve this number by continuing to add extra law enforcement patrols to major highways and roadways throughout Pickaway County. By increasing law enforcement’s presence, it is believed that there will be less impaired driving incidents, speed limits will be observed, and seat belt use will increase. All of which are major factors in motor vehicle crashes and deaths. The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office has received a High Visibility Enforcement Overtime grant (HVEO) over the past several years, and has seen many successes as a result of the program. This year, the grant has been divided to specifically attack those areas of traffic enforcement that need to be addressed such as an Impaired Driving Enforcement Program (IDEP) and a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). The total amount of monies to be received is $30,621.25.

The grant is provided by the Ohio Department of Public Safety with funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Sheriff’s Office will use the funds to add extra patrols to local highways during holidays, specific high traffic events, and national campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”.

“The funds from these grants are extremely important to our goal of making our highways and roadways safer through enforcement”, noted Sheriff Robert Radcliff. “Without these funds, we would have to be much more creative in our efforts, and we may not be able to have the number of patrols that we feel are needed to assist in the overall safety of our citizens and visitors that travel in and through our community.”

The Sheriff’s Office will work diligently through the month of October with the pending Circleville Pumpkin Show and the Halloween Enforcement period to keep local roadways safe. The Sheriff’s Office is the holder of the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program that works to promote and provide education of traffic safety. Through enforcement and education, the Sheriff’s Office hopes to reach the goal of zero motor vehicle fatalities in Pickaway County.

By |October 13th, 2014|Categories: General News|0 Comments

Football, Homecoming, and Safe Driving Are a Winning Combination

A winning idea for this football and homecoming season is to combine these two favorite activities with safe driving. Whether it is the local high school games, your favorite college team games, or the professional team games, this sport seems to bring out the fans in droves. Many will watch and celebrate by attending the game, watching at home, visiting a local hot spot, or attending a great party. Whatever your plans may be, and if those plans include alcohol, make sure you remember that if you don’t “Drive Sober”, you will get “Pulled Over”.

Teens should also remember that as they plan for Homecoming dances or other activities surrounding this time of year, they need to make safety to and from the event as important as all the other plans for the event. Please remember that it is illegal to drive and use any type of electronic device in the state of Ohio. But more importantly, the message to “Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive” should be a habit used every day. Also, by “Buckling Up Every Trip Every Time”, you can improve your chances of surviving a crash by 50%.

Parents need to be involved in their teen’s driving habits. Talk to your teen, set rules for the use of a motor vehicle, and remind them that their safety is a priority to you, and needs to be a priority to them. Find ways to talk about traffic safety to your teen at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at .

By |October 13th, 2014|Categories: General News|0 Comments

Traffic Safety Program Renewed for 2015 Fiscal Year

A traffic safety program has been renewed for a fifth fiscal year. The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office announced today that a grant written in April has been approved, and the funds will go to the continued efforts of the program to work toward the goal of a fatal-free year on our local highways.

“I am pleased to announce the renewal of our Safe Communities of Pickaway County program for 2014-2015”, stated Sheriff Robert Radcliff today. “The Safe Communities program has continued to work toward the goal of keeping our citizens and visitors safe as they travel in our community through awareness and education on traffic safety issues.”

This program is funded by a grant provided by the Ohio Department of Public Safety with funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The grant of $42,000 is a slight increase from the past fiscal year due to the increase in the average of fatalities over the past three years. The program was designed to promote specific traffic messages, and to focus on problems identified through a variety of data sources. The program is mandated to follow the criteria provided by NHTSA, and to use countermeasures that will work to combat specific issues that are identified as contributing factors for motor vehicle crashes and deaths in Pickaway County. The issues identified for 2015 are specifically seat belt use, younger driver safety, and motorcycle safety awareness. Other issues of concern for traffic safety advocates include speed, impaired driving, and distracted driving. The program has a variety of community partners, and a Coalition to assist in the overall review of the program.

Safe Communities of Pickaway County continues to look for new Coalition members, new agencies and businesses to partner with, and extends their services to organizations that want to learn more about traffic safety, or work with them to promote traffic safety awareness. For more information contact Director Teresa C. Carper at tcarper .

By |October 13th, 2014|Categories: General News|0 Comments