A Change of Seasons Can Increase Chances of Crashes and Fatalities
Beware of September! This phrase notes that statistically, this time of year increases the number of crashes and fatalities in Ohio. Even in Pickaway County, September has been a month in the past where crashes and fatalities have increased. There can be many reasons for this trend: the change of season decreases the hours of light and visibility, the increase in deer related crashes, changes in weather, and school related travel and traffic. In a few short weeks, we will end daylight savings time. Changing our routines, and ourselves to adjust to this time change, often creates issues when it comes to being alert behind the wheel. In Pickaway County, we are coming into a time of year where we will see an increase in traffic due to the pending Circleville Pumpkin Show. All of these examples give good reason why safe driving practices should become a priority each and every time we travel in a motor vehicle.
Signed into law this past year, and a law that can be found in the Ohio Revised Code, is the designation that September is “Safe Driving Awareness Month”. The designation is in honor of Maria Tiberi and others who have lost their lives in motor vehicle related incidents. Safe Communities of Pickaway County asks that all Pickaway County drivers remember these individuals, and drive safe every month of the year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a website with information on traffic safety issues, suggestions for parents and teens, and other traffic safety related items. Visit their website at www.nhtsa.gov to review this information, and make a pledge to make a “good” change and develop safe driving habits every time you drive.