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National “Ride To Work Day” is June 16th

Motorcycle Safety Awareness should be a priority every day…….if you are a rider, or if you are a driver sharing the road. National “Ride to Work Day” is a reminder that safety for motorcycles should be a priority all year long, and riders are encouraged to share this view and ride their motorcycle to work on June 16th to show their support. As a rider, certain safety measures should become a habit each and every time you take to the road. For other drivers, making sure you give motorcycles the same rights as other motor vehicles will go a long way to reducing crashes and deaths on our roadways.

Distracted Driving has become a major awareness theme for traffic safety advocates. This concern increases during the warmer months of the year when motorcycles become more prevalent on the road. Making sure you see all that you need to see when you are behind the wheel, and that includes motorcycles, can save a life. Furthermore, it is important to remember that motorcyclists need a full lane length. Although motorcycles are smaller vehicles, they need room to maneuver safely.

As a rider, make sure you “Ride S.M.A.R.T.” . Always ride Sober, Motorcycle endorsed, Alert, with the Right gear, and Trained. Riders need to make sure they follow all the same traffic laws as all other road users, wear an approved DOT helmet, and limit distractions. Motorcycle riding can be, and is, a great way to travel if safety measures are observed. In 2012, 4957 persons were killed in motorcycle crashes nationwide. In Pickaway County, the number of injuries and deaths over the past several years has made this type of traffic safety initiative a priority of the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program, and law enforcement alike. Making sure riders and other road users respect each other, the laws, and the road, can reduce crashes and traffic related deaths significantly.

So “Ride to Work” this June 16th, and show your support for safety on our roadways. As for other road users…… “Watch Out for Motorcycles” on June 16th and every day you travel.

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

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

Officials Review Traffic Fatalities

A Committee formed within the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program reviewed the fatalities for the months of January through March 2014. The Committee looked at three fatalities that occurred during this period in order to make recommendations to improve safety on Pickaway County roadways.

The Committee noted that although the lack of seat belt use did not play the significant role that it has played in past reviews, it did play a role in one of the fatalities reviewed. Impaired driving was also a concern in another crash, and has remained a matter of discussion in previous reviews. US 23, and the intersections near Circleville, have had a significant number of crashes and fatalities over the past several years. The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with other Sheriffs’ Offices along the highway in an effort to reduce crashes and fatalities. “Project S.T.A.R.” is a coordinated program involving 7 Sheriff Offices along US 23 to increase enforcement. The group plans to work together within the program throughout the summer months.

The Committee also discussed the recent “Click It or Ticket” mobilization, and was provided information that indicates that seat belt use in Pickaway County is not improving. Seat belt use is the number one way to improve a person’s chances of surviving a crash. Pickaway County has continued to struggle in this effort, and the number of fatalities that involved a driver or passenger without a seatbelt is the reason for the continued concern. The Safe Communities Program will continue to promote seatbelt use, while enforcement of seat belt laws will be a priority of many law enforcement officials.

The Committee will continue to monitor the reasons for crashes, and make recommendations for the improvement of safety throughout Pickaway County.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a variety of suggestions and information to help reduce crashes and save lives. For more information on traffic safety, visit their website at www.nhtsa.gov .

By |June 10th, 2014|Categories: General News||0 Comments

“Saved By the Belt Award” a tradition of “Click It or Ticket”

An award started several years ago has a continued tradition in Pickaway County. The “Saved By the Belt Award” is an award that goes to an individual who made the choice to simply buckle up, and was the reason for their survival in a motor vehicle crash. These awards have been a part of the “Click It or Ticket” enforcement period for the last several years in Pickaway County, and this year is no exception. Teays Valley High School senior Cody Redman received the award during the school’s annual awards ceremony. Redman was involved in a motor vehicle crash on March 30, 2014, where his vehicle was totaled after rolling several times. Mr. Redman escaped injury due in part to his actions of simply wearing a seat belt. The purpose of the award is to present living proof that seat belts do save lives.

Redman and fellow senior Justin Donaldson also received the “Award of Merit” from Sheriff Robert Radcliff for their service to the traffic safety industry by creating a video asking students to not drive distracted. The video won the AAA Ohio Outstanding Public Service Announcement award this past March. Redman was also instrumental in the kick off for Motorcycle Awareness Month in Pickaway County. Finally, Sheriff Robert Radcliff also honored Tina Bobek. Bobek, the nurse at Teays Valley High School as well as a Safe Communities Coalition member and Teen Institute Advisor, has been a driving force for the promotion of teen traffic safety.

“It is always an honor and a privilege to work with students in the promotion of traffic safety”, stated Safe Communities Director Teresa C. Carper. “Students promoting the safety message to their peers is the best was to get the message out, and hopefully save lives.”

Traffic related deaths are the number one killer of teens in the United States. The lack of seat belt use has also played a role in a large number of highway deaths, especially here in Pickaway County. Through the promotion of “Click It or Ticket”, and recognizing those who have been “Saved By the Belt”, Safe Communities of Pickaway County asks that other take four seconds and improve their chance of survival in a crash by 50%.

With the Memorial Day Holiday upon us, and the summer season just ahead, it is important to remember to “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time”. For more information on seat belt statistics and other traffic safety related issues, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.nhtsa.gov .

By |May 22nd, 2014|Categories: General News||0 Comments

Westfall High School Location for Click It or Ticket Kick Off 2014

Westfall High School Wins Seat Belt Challenge 2014

The nationally known campaign for seat belt use was the highlight of an awards ceremony held at Westfall High School on May 20, 2014. “Click It or Ticket”, the National Enforcement for seat belt use runs now through June 1, 2014. The campaign includes law enforcement and increased patrols to enforce seat belt laws, as well as traffic safety advocates promoting the safety benefits of “Buckling Up Every Trip Every Time”. In Pickaway County, the Sheriff’s Office will join other law enforcement, and use the High Visibility Enforcement grant to add extra patrols to promote seat belt use. Also, Safe Communities will work with local schools and area agencies to note the importance of seat belt use, and safety for drivers and passengers inside a motor vehicle.

“The use of a seatbelt is the number one way you can increase your safety while driving or riding in a motor vehicle”, stated Sheriff Robert Radcliff. “We applaud our younger drivers for their continued efforts to be safer on our roadways, and recommend that all drivers follow their lead and ‘Buckle Up Day and Night’. We also thank Westfall High School for allowing us to use their location for our kick-off event for this mobilization.”

Westfall High School was chosen for the location of the kick-off event due to their win of the annual “Seat Belt Challenge”. Each year, all Pickaway County schools compete to win the overall title through three seat belt surveys, the schools involvement in traffic safety education, and the overall improvement of seat belt use. If students are seen using a cell phone during the survey, the school loses points toward the overall points in the contest.

“We are pleased to announce that Westfall High School is our overall winner this year. This school was in last place for our survey in 2010, but they have made great strides to promote safety, and have steadily increased their seat belt use”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County. “We hope we see our students to continue to encourage others to buckle up, and applaud their efforts to stay safe on our roadways.”

Survey results this year show an overall increase of 28% in use rate among local teens since the first survey taken in November 2010. Logan Elm came in second place this year, followed by last year’s winner Circleville High School, and two time winner Teays Valley High School.

For more information on “Click It or Ticket”, and the importance of seat belt use, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .

By |May 20th, 2014|Categories: General News||0 Comments

New Website Feature “Calls For Service”

As an ongoing effort to provide the best services to the citizens of Pickaway County; we have deployed a new feature on our website that displays calls for service information in near-real-time. You can filter by call types and retrieve up to 2 week prior records on all calls for service to the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office. Look for the new tab on our site labeled Calls For Service on the top navigation bar or under Public Services tab. This feature is laptop, tablet and smart phone screen viewing friendly.

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By |May 16th, 2014|Categories: General News||0 Comments

Tornado Watch for Pickaway County, OH

Issued by The National Weather Service
Cincinnati/Wilmington, OH

Wed, May 14, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 155 IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN INDIANA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 3 COUNTIES

IN SOUTHEAST INDIANA

DEARBORN OHIO SWITZERLAND

IN KENTUCKY THIS WATCH INCLUDES 12 COUNTIES

IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY

LEWIS MASON

IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY

BOONE BRACKEN CAMPBELL CARROLL GALLATIN GRANT KENTON OWEN PENDLETON ROBERTSON

IN OHIO THIS WATCH INCLUDES 26 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL OHIO

DELAWARE FAIRFIELD FAYETTE OH FRANKLIN OH HOCKING LICKING MADISON PICKAWAY ROSS UNION OH

IN MIAMI VALLEY OF OHIO

CHAMPAIGN CLARK GREENE MONTGOMERY

IN SOUTH CENTRAL OHIO

ADAMS BROWN HIGHLAND PIKE SCIOTO

IN SOUTHWEST OHIO

BUTLER CLERMONT CLINTON HAMILTON WARREN

IN WEST CENTRAL OHIO

HARDIN LOGAN

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF… ALEXANDRIA… BATAVIA… BELLEFONTAINE… BROOKSVILLE… BURLINGTON… CARROLLTON… CHILLICOTHE… CINCINNATI… CIRCLEVILLE… COLUMBUS… COVINGTON… DAYTON… DELAWARE… FALMOUTH… GEORGETOWN… HAMILTON… HILLSBORO… KENTON… LANCASTER… LAWRENCEBURG… LEBANON… LOGAN… LONDON… MARYSVILLE… MASON… MAYSVILLE… MOUNT OLIVET… NEWARK… OWENTON… PIKETON… PORTSMOUTH… RISING SUN… SPRINGFIELD… URBANA… VANCEBURG… VEVAY… WARSAW… WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE… WEST UNION… WILLIAMSTOWN… WILMINGTON AND XENIA.

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

Pickaway County 2014 Electronics Recycling Day

2014 Electronic Recycling

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

The 2014 Jeff Ankrom Memorial Golf Championship

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By |May 9th, 2014|Categories: General News||0 Comments

Pickaway County was Fatal Free in April

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 .

By |May 7th, 2014|Categories: General News||0 Comments

“Touch-A-Truck Kids Fest!”

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By |May 6th, 2014|Categories: General News||0 Comments
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