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Promote Motorcycle Awareness with Ride to Work Day

This June 16th, mark your calendar for “Ride to Work Day”. For those who enjoy motorcycle riding as a form of transportation, this is your day to get out and ride. It is also a great reminder for all of us who use the roadways to remember that we need to “Share the Road”.

As the Summer Season continues, we will see more and more motorcycles join the highways, and drivers of other motor vehicles need to remember that it is important to “Watch Out for Motorcycles”. Riders also need to take the time to make sure they have the proper endorsement and training, that they wear protective gear, and that they never, ever, ride impaired.

“Pickaway County has seen its share of motorcycle crashes over the years, and often it involves a motor vehicle that simply did not see the bike”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Safe Communities Director. “Make sure you give all motorists the respect they deserve, and keep safety in mind this summer season.”

For more information on motorcycle safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .

By |June 16th, 2015|Categories: General News|0 Comments

Fatals Continue to Remain Low in 2015

Pending “Click It or Ticket” Campaign Important for Ongoing Safety

A review of recent statistics shows that the month of April in Pickaway County netted no fatalities on local roadways. Also, the entire first part of 2015 has been fatal-free in Pickaway County. In comparison to last year, 2015 shows a major shift in traffic safety. For the period of January through April in 2014, Pickaway County had 3 motor vehicle crashes that ended in fatalities. January, February, and March 2014 had one fatal crash each, with April 2014 being the only month in early 2014 to have no fatalities.

“You always need to be careful when you state your community is ‘fatal-free’ when it comes to traffic crashes”, stated Director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County Teresa C. Carper. “Crashes can occur at any time, however the key is remembering safety measures such as ‘Buckling Up Every Trip Every Time’ to improve your chances of survival.”

The National Campaign to promote seat belt use known as “Click It or Ticket” will begin on May 18th , and Safe Communities of Pickaway County is planning a media kick-off, and an event that the public is welcome to attend. The event will be held at Circleville High School at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015 where a banner unveiling, awards ceremony, and an opportunity for local officials to speak on traffic safety will take place. Following the event, Safe Communities will join local law enforcement, school officials, and students in promoting the safety message in a county-wide seat belt survey for local teens, parents, and administrators.

“We are asking that all Pickaway County citizens join us and buckle up”, stated Carper. “Pickaway County is notorious for having one of the lowest seat belt use rates in the state, and many of our crashes has ended fatally due to the lack of seat belt use.”

Safe Communities will participate in events throughout the period beginning on May 18th and extending through Memorial Day to promote the safety message. Local law enforcement will have extra patrols out for the time period to make sure that motorists get the message that seat belts not only save lives…it is the law.

“Click It or Ticket” is one of the many campaigns throughout the year that is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information on this enforcement period and other information on traffic safety, visit their website at www.nhtsa.gov .

By |May 13th, 2015|Categories: General News|0 Comments

Corrections Nurse Position Opening

The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office currently has a job opening for a nurses position in the corrections division. You can apply online under the careers section or “Click Here”. Be sure to upload or send in your resume online.

By |May 5th, 2015|Categories: General News|0 Comments

Sheriff Supports Consolidation

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Pickaway County Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff is supportive of consolidation but has concerns about how “Pickaway County Commissioners” want to proceed.

The video provided is produced and hosted by: CGTV Channel 9 Circleville, Ohio

 

By |April 22nd, 2015|Categories: General News|0 Comments

Safe Communities Urges Teens to Make Safety a Priority this Prom Season

Teens have so many choices to make when it comes to Prom. Who to attend this special event with, what to wear, where to eat….all important decisions for this important event. But making safety a priority should be an important decision as well for you and your passengers. Great memories can be made, but only if you are here to make them….Buckle Up, Put Down the Phone, Watch Your Speed, and Never Drive Impaired!

“Each year, nationwide, we hear of tragic stories surrounding teens, prom, and a motor vehicle. Safe Communities and local law enforcement wants all teens to make safety a priority on this special night, and get there and get home safe”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County. “We wish all local teens a great prom, and a safe return home.”

Safety can be one of the easiest and wisest choices to make. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death in teens and younger persons. By simply remembering to “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time”, you can improve your chances of surviving a motor vehicle crash by 50%.

Safe Communities encourages parents to get involved in the safety of their teen driver. Information can be found on teen driver safety at www.nhtsa.gov. The website is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who funds safety grants to this and other communities each year to improve safety through enforcement and education.

By |April 8th, 2015|Categories: General News|0 Comments

“Stay Alive Don’t Text and Drive”

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

In Pickaway County, the Sheriff’s Office and Safe Communities is asking everyone to “Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive”.

“It is human nature to have some distractions when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Safe Communities Director. “Road signs, weather conditions, passengers, and even the scenery may distract drivers, however texting and driving has become a major hazard on our roadways. Put the phone down while behind the wheel for your safety, for the safety of your passengers, and others on our roadways.”

Sending or reading a text can take your eyes off the road for nearly four seconds. You can travel the length of a football field in that amount of time at 60 mph. Imagine driving a real football field at that rate of speed blindfolded, with persons standing on the field! That is exactly what you are doing when you text and drive. When you think of it in those terms, you can understand why officials want you to keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your mind focused on your driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a website with information on this important safety issue, as well as suggestions for teen drivers and their parents. Visit the site at www.nhtsa.gov.

By |April 8th, 2015|Categories: General News|0 Comments

First Quarter of 2015 Safe on Pickaway County Roadways

With the month of March showing no fatalities on Pickaway County roadways, 2015 to date has been fatal-free. Although there have been crashes, some with injuries, the comparison to 2014 shows a much safer trend locally.

“We always like to start out the year this way”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Safe Communities Director. “However with the summer season upon us, and the release of school not that far away, we hope that everyone keeps safety in mind the remainder of 2015.”

Seat belt use is a major campaign in Pickaway County. Each year, a large number of the fatalities can be attributed to the lack of seat belt use. The National Campaign of “Click It or Ticket” will be held in May, however Safe Communities is asking that everyone remembers to “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time” throughout the year. Distractions are another reason for crashes in Pickaway County. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the phrase “Stay Alive Don’t Text and Drive” is an important reminder to keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your mind focused on your driving.

For more information on how to keep yourself and your passengers safe, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov.

By |April 8th, 2015|Categories: General News|0 Comments

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 www.nhtsa.gov .

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 www.nhtsa.gov .

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