“Watch Out for Motorcycles” this Labor Day Weekend is an important reminder to motorists in Pickaway County due to a large motorcycle event near our community. Pickaway County will probably see more motorcycles on our roadways, and everyone should realize that we need to “Share The Road” for safety. Making sure that no one drives impaired is a great start to a safe holiday. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” National Crackdown on impaired driving continues through Labor Day, and more law enforcement patrols will be out to ensure the best possible safety for our motorists.
“Labor Day can be a great end to the Summer season, however with extra motorcycles and other motor vehicles on our roadways it is important to keep the focus on the road and be aware of speed limits while traveling through Pickaway County”, stated Safe Communities Director Teresa C. Carper. “Please remember that if you plan to celebrate with alcohol that ‘Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk’, and plan ahead for a safe Labor Day weekend.”
Motorcyclist should be especially careful and not drive impaired. In 2012, one in four motorcyclists involved in a fatal crash were legally drunk. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that there were 4,957 motorcycle fatalities in 2012, which made up 15 percent of the total traffic fatalities for that year.
As the summer season comes to an end, and we plan to celebrate Labor Day with family and friends, please keep safety a part of those plans. Safe Communities of Pickaway County notes that motorists should visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov to get tips on keeping safe behind the wheel this Labor Day and everyday throughout the year.
As a new school year begins in Pickaway County, drivers need to be aware that this is a perfect time to make traffic safety a priority. With students walking to school, or having school buses on our roadways again, drivers need to remember the importance of safety in and around school zones. Ohio Law makes sure that school buses and school zones are protected by these laws, but drivers need to take the responsibility to stay within crosswalks when crossing the street, and to be aware that it takes several feet for a motor vehicle to stop. Young drivers should also make sure they keep safety an important part of their school day, and remember to “Put Down The Phone” when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
“Safe Communities of Pickaway County will again work with our local schools to make sure we do all we can to assist them in keeping this school year safe when it comes to traffic safety”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County. “Each year we do all we can to keep these traffic safety messages in the forefront of our program for teens and new drivers.”
Students should remember to “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time”, and to keep in mind that to “Stay Alive” you should keep the rule of “Don’t Text and Drive”.
Safe Communities of Pickaway County wishes all students and staff a safe 2014-2015 school year. They also recommend that all students and their parents visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov for suggestions on ways to keep safe when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
Another traffic fatality for the month of July adds to the overall number of those lost on our area roadways for 2014. Although Pickaway County has seen a slight decrease in fatalities, traffic safety advocates believe that one fatality is one too many. With the summer season coming to an end, and a new school year underway, all drivers need to aware that safety needs to be a priority all year long.
“We continue to ask drivers in Pickaway County to watch their speed, never drive impaired, and put down the phone when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Safe Communities of Pickaway County Director. “We also ask that drivers and passengers continue to ‘Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time’ as a part of their routine when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.”
Safe Communities of Pickaway County cautions that the upcoming Labor Day holiday will see more traffic in the area, especially with large events being held in and near our community. “Watch Out For Motorcycles” especially during this upcoming holiday weekend, and remember that you need to “Drive Sober” or you will “Get Pulled Over”. The National Crackdown on Impaired Driving began on August 15th and will run through the Labor Day weekend. There will be extra patrols in Pickaway County and throughout the State to make sure this Labor Day is a safe one on our roadways.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sets a complete calendar each year with a variety of safety campaigns to help reduce the number of people killed by motor vehicle crashes. To learn more about what you can do to increase your safety when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, visit their website at www.nhtsa.gov .
A regular meeting for the Safe Communities of Pickaway County Coalition turned into a celebration of local law enforcement, and an activity to highlight the pending kick off to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. The annual Law Enforcement Awards highlights those individuals within the local law enforcement community for their work in enforcing impaired driving laws, or for education to the general public. This year, the Coalition added an award to highlight an individual or group who works to prevent impaired driving through advocacy, education, or volunteer efforts. The “Community Award” was made possible through nominations of Coalition members, and was also a part of the award ceremony today.
“We are very honored to work with the men and women of law enforcement in our efforts to save lives through education and public awareness that is the core priority of the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for the program. “With the efforts of law enforcement, and the many hours they work to keep our roadways safe, the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program is dedicated to recognize those who go above and beyond to save lives.”
The following members of law enforcement were recognized at the August 13th meeting held at the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office”:
*Ashville Police Department: Officer Tyler Devoe
*Circleville Police Department: Officer Matthew Hafey
*Ohio State Highway Patrol: Trooper Terry D. Vollmer
*Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office: Cpl. Christopher H. Hempstead
The first annual “Community Award” was presented to Tina Bobek, who retired as the nurse for Teays Valley High School this past school year. Ms. Bobek was nominated for her work with teens and her efforts to promote safe driving habits to students within the school. She has also served with the Safe Communities of Pickaway County Coalition since the start of the program, and has been an active supporter of D.A.R.E.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is the National Crackdown on Impaired Driving. The mobilization period begins on August 15th and will run through Labor Day. Other events include a kick-off celebration at the Circleville Walmart located on US 23. The event is scheduled for August 15th from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Law enforcement will be a part of the event, and visitors can try using the impaired driving goggles, receive information, and talk with local law enforcement about safety behind the wheel.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration holds a variety of mobilization periods throughout the year to promote safe driving messages with the intent to save lives. You can review their mission and find information on traffic safety at www.nhtsa.gov .
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Begins in Pickaway County with event at Circleville Walmart
A National Campaign to bring awareness of the detriments of impaired driving begins August 15th, and an event at the Circleville Walmart kicks off the campaign in Pickaway County. Safe Communities of Pickaway County, the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, the Pickaway Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Circleville Police Department are joining forces with Walmart to make the public aware that if you don’t “Drive Sober”, you will “Get Pulled Over”. The event scheduled from 10:00 a.m.-12 noon on August 15, 2014, will provide an official ribbon cutting, law enforcement vehicles, impaired driving goggles, and information on the dangers of driving impaired.
“We are extremely pleased that Walmart has offered to assist us with this very important message regarding the concerns for impaired driving within our community”, stated Sheriff Robert Radcliff today. “It is our intent to work with other law enforcement members, and businesses within our community, to promote driving sober throughout the national enforcement period and the Labor Day holiday. It is our hope that the message will remain with drivers throughout the year.”
With the pending Labor Day Holiday fast approaching, law enforcement officials will be out in force to help keep motorists and their passengers safe during this very busy holiday. Locally, law enforcement will join this effort. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that one in three traffic fatalities in the United States is alcohol related. Through a grant from NHTSA and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies will provide extra patrols with a focus of removing impaired drivers from the roadway. The kick-off event with Walmart will give law enforcement the chance to meet the public, provide information, and encourage drivers to plan ahead before attending any event or party where alcohol is provided. “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk”, and having a designated driver can make all the difference in the safety of those you care about most.
For more information on the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Enforcement Period, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
A quarterly review with a committee of the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program was held this week to discuss the one traffic fatality that occurred in the second quarter of the calendar year 2014. The fatality which occurred on US 23, sparked the ongoing discussion of safety along the stretch of highway that includes Pittsburgh Road, and the area around local businesses near Sperry Drive. Due to the increase in the speed limit along that stretch of highway, local law enforcement has voiced an ongoing concern for crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Ohio law allowed the change in speed limit, however the number of crashes and fatalities over the last several months has brought the discussion of safety to the forefront of the committee’s list of concerns.
“We have a good working relationship with the Ohio Department of Transportation, and a representative from the District 6 Office is a part of our committee”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Safe Communities Director. “Due to the Circleville portion of US 23 being a part of a rural area, the law states that this area is to have a speed limit of 65 mph. However, due to law enforcement concerns, surveys, enforcement, and other suggestions have been discussed to improve safety.”
Past discussions of the committee has included seat belt use. A majority of the fatalities over the past few years had involved a driver or a passenger that was not wearing a seat belt. Pickaway County has had one of the worst seat belt use rates in Ohio, and it is believed that many of the fatal crashes may have had a different outcome if the driver or passenger had simply buckled up.
Finally, and especially during the summer months, the concern for bicycle and pedestrian safety should be a priority according to the Fatal Review Committee members. The message that everyone needs to SHARE THE ROAD, will help prevent a tragedy. Pedestrians especially should remember that motor vehicles need to have time to stop if and when they see someone or something in their path. Depending on the rate of speed, it can take several feet for a motor vehicle to stop. Never guess what your safety is when crossing a busy roadway.
The next major mobilization will be the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Pickaway County will kick off the safety enforcement period on August 13, 2014 with the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Law Enforcement Awards. Other activities will be planned, and local businesses will be asked to help the community stay safe by promoting the message.
Safe Communities of Pickaway County is a grant funded program through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The program continues to promote safety messages and provides education to improve overall safety on local roadways, and decrease the number of lives lost through motor vehicle crashes. Information on traffic safety can be found at www.nhtsa.gov
No Traffic Fatalities for the Month of June!
Good news for Traffic Safety Advocates, and good news for those who travel in Pickaway County. In a review of statistics for traffic crashes for the past month, Pickaway County had a fatal-free June. With the summer season underway, and the many special events in and around Pickaway County, Safe Communities of Pickaway County congratulates the community on making safety a priority on our roadways.
“Although there were no fatalities for the month of June, we at Safe Communities continue to recommend that motorists ‘Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time’, and make sure safe speed limits are observed while traveling throughout the summer”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for the Program. “As the summer season continues, Safe Communities will continue to promote safe driving habits and remind drivers that they need to ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ each time they plan for a special event or party.”
The National Mobilization on Impaired Driving will be held in August, and law enforcement will have extra patrols out through Labor Day.
Many drivers may notice that with the great weather, there are plenty of motorcyclists on our roadways. A recent study released to Safe Communities of Pickaway County showed that motorcycle safety awareness needs to be a priority in reducing injuries and fatalities. Motorcyclists need to make sure they are following all safety precautions, and other motorists need to “Watch Out for Motorcycles” while sharing the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a website with information regarding all types of safety tips for motorists at www.nhtsa.gov . Safe Communities recommends we all work to keep up the good work and the good news, and make this a safe and fatal-free summer.
A Holiday filled with fireworks, picnics, festivals, and special events is upon us, and Safe Communities of Pickaway County encourages everyone to plan ahead for safety this Fourth of July. The National Campaign of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” will be observed here in our community with increased patrols on our roadways. Local law enforcement will join other agencies across the state, and nationwide, to make sure this Holiday remains safe. The Fourth of July can be one of the deadliest times of the year due to the number of persons who choose to drive impaired. The solution…..designate a sober driver long before the fun begins.
“Pickaway County has had its share of impaired driving crashes and fatalities over the past several years. Thanks to local law enforcement, many of the Holiday weekends have remained fairly safe”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program. “However, with the increase in special events here and nearby, there will be more vehicles on the roadways. Please think of your safety and the safety of others before you get behind the wheel impaired.”
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is promoted nationwide by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Through their website at www.nhtsa.gov , you can view the risks of driving impaired, and suggestions for improving your safety when traveling in a motor vehicle. Safe Communities has been a part of local events this Spring and Summer to promote a variety of safety messages such as “Click It or Ticket” and “Ride S.M.A.R.T.” . Seat belt use is extremely important, and Safe Communities recommends you “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time”. Furthermore, the summer months increases travel by motorcycles. Traffic Safety Advocates remind all drivers to “Share the Road” and “Watch Out for Motorcycles” during the summer and all year long.
This Fourth of July remember that “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk”, and report any driver that appears impaired to local law enforcement immediately.