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Pickaway County breaks a long streak of traffic fatalities with no crashes ending in a death for the month of April. Safe Communities of Pickaway County tracks trends and statistics throughout the year on the number of crashes, causes for crashes, and how traffic deaths can be prevented. Although Pickaway County saw a decrease in traffic crash related deaths just over a year ago, the numbers have unfortunately risen over the past year. The last time Pickaway County had a month without a recorded fatal was in November of last year. Furthermore, Pickaway County had 5 fatalities as of this time last year as compared to three this year.
“Although the decrease is at two fatalities so far this year, traffic safety advocates always have a goal of zero fatalities”, noted Director for the Safe Communities Program Teresa C. Carper. “We always remember that a loss of a life on our roadways is a loss to family, friends, and the community.”
Safe Communities of Pickaway County reminds parents that with the summer months approaching, and graduation season just around the corner, our younger drivers will be at the greatest risk for crashes during this time of year. Furthermore, warmer weather brings the reminder that drivers need to “Watch Out for Motorcycles”. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Finally, the National Mobilization for seat belt enforcement known as “Click It or Ticket” will begin on May 19th, and will run through June 1, 2014.
For more information on traffic safety/enforcement mobilizations, and advice on how to stay safe while behind the wheel, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
As warmer weather finally becomes more frequent here in Ohio, we will also see an increase in the frequency of motorcycles sharing the road with other drivers. For this reason, May is designated as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness” month. Safe Communities of Pickaway County asks all drivers to “Watch Out for Motorcycles”, and asks riders to plan to “Ride S.M.A.R.T.”. Teays Valley High School recently held the kick off for Motorcycle Awareness Month, and brought this important message to younger drivers and potential motorcycle riders.
“Motorcycle Safety has been promoted in Pickaway County for the past several years, and we have always focused on the adult rider”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County. “This year, we decided to take our message to our younger adults, and promote this type of safety to our teens.”
As a part of the Student Mentor Program, Carper and her Mentor Student Cody Redman worked to promote motorcycle safety to potential new riders and drivers who will share the road with motorcycles at an event that included the American Motorcycle Association, the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, and other local law enforcement. At the event, students were given information at an assembly, and met with Safe Communities representatives during their lunch period to pledge to “Watch Out for Motorcycles” and to “Ride S.M.A.R.T.”.
“The purpose of the event was to remind drivers that motorcycles do share the road with other vehicles, and that all of us need to be aware of their presence in order to keep their safety in mind. Furthermore, all riders have the opportunity to take a cost effective course in motorcycle riding through Motorcycle Ohio, and improve their overall riding skills.
The “Ride S.M.A.R.T.” program stands for riding “Sober”, “Motorcycle endorsed”, “Alert”, with the “Right equipment”, and “Trained”. For more information on this program, visit the Motorcycle Ohio website at www.motorcycle.ohio.gov . For more information on the importance of motorcycle safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.nhtsa.gov .
Every May 5th, many people nationwide get together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with lots of festivities, food, and alcohol. What also happens every year is a tragedy as a result of drinking and driving. If you plan to celebrate with alcohol this Cinco de Mayo, plan NOT to drive.
Statistics show that in 2012, a person was killed every 51 minutes as a result of a drunk driving crash. Many of the victims of this preventable tragedy were innocent victims. Designate a driver, plan to stay with friends who are hosting the party, or celebrate with non-alcoholic beverages if you plan to enjoy this popular celebration where alcohol is served.
“We at the Safe Communities Program encourage drivers to remember that ‘Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving’, and that one day of celebrating is not worth a lifetime of regret”, stated Teresa C. Carper of the local program. “We also encourage anyone who sees someone that they believe to be impaired on the road, to call local law enforcement or 9-1-1.”
With Spring and Summer, many special events, festivals, and parties will be held right here in our own community. Plan ahead, and plan for safety, when it comes to alcohol and driving. Local law enforcement will be out this Cinco de Mayo, and with other upcoming events, to make sure drivers and passengers remain safe in Pickaway County.
“Don’t Let the Fiestas become Fatalities” this Cinco de Mayo! For more information on this and other traffic safety issues, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office provides a unique service to the citizens of Pickaway County by providing an anonymous outlet to report a crime or suspicious activity. Unlike a phone number tipping line, this service creates a 3rd party connection over secure servers that allows two-way communication between our office and the person reporting the crime without giving away your personal information. This allows the person reporting the crime to remain completely anonymous at all times. Look at the following images to know where you can access our secure online anonymous tipping service.
The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and Circleville Police Department worked together with Berger Health System staff members this past Saturday April 26, 2014 during the Drug Drop-Off event.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
The take back event was successful in taking back 273.65lbs. in the following totals of drugs by weight of pounds. The Totals are as follows.
Totals = 273.65lbs.
Two Teays Valley High School students were guests of honors at the recent meeting for the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program. Justin Donaldson and Cody Redman debuted their award winning public service announcement on teen driver safety at the meeting before both attend the finalist luncheon this weekend in Columbus. The highlight of the meeting, however, was the results of the most recent Impact Teen Driver Seat Belt Challenge.
The second round of the seat belt surveys were completed in March, and the overall leader as of this date is Westfall High School. During the survey, Teays Valley High School and Logan Elm High School actually tied for first place during the second round, but the overall points system takes into account the first survey, and overall improvement. Points are taken away for any student seen using a cell phone while behind the wheel of their motor vehicle. The overall seat belt use rate for teens surveyed is currently 64%, an increase of 3% since the first survey completed at the end of last year. The final survey of the contest will be held this month, with the results given in May prior to the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization.
Mike Brining from the Ohio Department of Public Safety gave a review of the most recent “Project S.T.A.R.” statistics, and a review of the recent Teen/Parent Presentation was also discussed.
The Safe Communities of Pickaway County Coalition is made up of law enforcement, school representatives, and other traffic safety advocates. The committee meets four times a year to discuss topics on traffic safety for teens and the general public.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides funding across the United States for local communities to provide education and enforcement to reduce traffic related deaths. For more information on what they do and the mobilizations they support, visit their website at www.nhtsa.gov .