Kick-Off for “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” August 21st
Safe Communities of Pickaway County and their partners in Traffic Safety invite the public to join them in their kick-off for the 2015 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Crackdown on Impaired Driving. The event, to be held at 10:00 a.m. on August 21, 2015 at the Circleville Walmart, was planned to make citizens of Pickaway County aware of this important traffic safety initiative. Impairment when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle kills thousands of people each year nationwide, and has affected the lives of many families right here in Pickaway County. By being aware of the dangers, it is hoped that those who plan to drink will NOT choose to drive.
“Safe Communities of Pickaway County wants to thank all of their partners and the general public for improving safety on our roadways this past year”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Director for the program. “We invite the public to help us promote this important message at this annual event.”
The festivities will begin with Sheriff Robert Radcliff officially opening the enforcement period, and local law enforcement and the Pickaway Twp. Fire Department will be on hand to greet the public. Information will be provide and citizens can participate in some activities that show how dangerous impaired driving can be. Circleville High School Band Boosters will join Safe Communities with a bake sale and the Percussion Section of the band will be on hand to entertain guests. All proceeds from the bake sale will go to the Percussion section of the Marching Band.
So please join Safe Communities and Walmart in kicking off the 2015 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Enforcement Period that will run from August 21, 2015 through Labor Day. For more information on this and other traffic safety/enforcement periods visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
A year that has seen a remarkable safety record with no traffic fatalities for the first half of 2015, changed during the month of July 2015. The month of July saw one fatality during the Fourth of July weekend that broke that record, however the number of fatalities from motor vehicle crashes remains low compared to 2014. Although statistics are an important part of gauging safety, the most important message is that crashes can happen at any time. We all need to follow safety recommendations every time we get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, and pay attention to the road ahead of us.
“Each year, traffic safety advocates nationwide set the goal of keeping our roadways fatal-free”, states Teresa C. Carper, Safe Communities of Pickaway County Director. “But the most important message to remember is that the lives of our citizens are important, and the decisions we make behind the wheel can have devastating consequences when we do not put safety first.”
Basic safety rules are a standard in all traffic safety programs and messages. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign that was kicked off in May and is a staple throughout the year in traffic safety programs. The message reminds us that seat belts do save lives, and is an ongoing contributing factor in fatalities in Pickaway County crashes. Furthermore, distracted driving injures and kills thousands of people each year nationwide, and to “Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive” is often an understatement. A four second text can result in a lifetime of loss for family and friends of someone who is lost in this type of crash. Finally, all of us must take responsibility when consuming alcohol and pay attention to the message that we need to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign will be kicked off locally this month, and Safe Communities is asking everyone to join them in their efforts to stop impaired driving and save lives. Safe Communities, local law enforcement, Circleville High School Marching Band, Pickaway Twp. Fire Department, and Wal-Mart will kick off this campaign on August 12, 2015 at the local store on US 23. The campaign will run through the Labor Day weekend.
Keeping yourself, your passengers, and others safe on our roadways is the main focus of Safe Communities of Pickaway County and their programs throughout the year. Join their efforts and do your part to stay safe behind the wheel. Learn more on how to do this at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
Bike, Walk, and Drive Safely!
As students and their parents prepare for the upcoming school year with trips to the stores for supplies and clothes, safety should be on the list for those same students and all of us who travel in a motor vehicle. It is important to remind our new drivers to buckle up, not text and drive, and follow recommended speed limits. All drivers can help in this safety initiative by paying attention to students biking or walking to school. The important message is that all of us in Pickaway County can start the school year off right by making safety a priority.
“This is the time of year when school buses will join the roadways, and motorists need to remember the laws that protect those buses and our younger citizens who ride them”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County. “Make sure you yield to these buses, and pay attention to those students who are entering or exiting this type of motor vehicle.”
Law enforcement will continue to be on alert for violations of safety laws, and will work to keep our roadways safe. Students who drive to school must also have a sense of responsibility to themselves and to those friends who ride with them by “Buckling Up Every Trip Every Time” and remember that to “Stay Alive” they need NOT to “Text and Drive”. Ohio law prohibits teens from using any type of electronic device when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
For more information on general traffic safety rules, and suggestions for the beginning of school and throughout the year, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office serves as the primary PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) for all of Pickaway County. The sheriff’s office has been very proactive for decades now in keeping up with modern day technology and going above the basic standards in public safety communications. Currently the sheriff’s office is in the process of upgrading server equipment and software that serve our community from a day-to-day basis on 911 emergency responses and calls for service.
According to Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff, our office has always been a pioneer and showcase to other agencies and vendors on the standards and methods we implement within the Pickaway County 911 communications dispatching center located at the Sheriff’s Office. Some of the technology includes AVL and GPS tracking of our emergency vehicle units. Hi-resolution aerial imagery of the entire county that plots 911 caller information on digital maps so we know exactly where a 911 call is coming from. Nixle public notification alerting system. Backup procedures and failover radio communications capability to the Circleville Police department when needed. And many other technological advancements.
Today the Pickaway Sheriff’s Office is working with Medflight and AirEvac who are the primary medical air evacuation service providers in our area to implement a new software app. Medflight deployed a new desktop and mobile app called Metro Alert in early Spring of 2015 that allows GPS coordinates and dispatch notification to be done in the field by a mobile device or the click of a mouse within our 911 dispatching communications center. This new technology helps speed up the process in getting a medical air evacuation dispatched out by eliminating time it takes for communication personnel to pick up a phone and dial a number. AirEvac is currently in the process of developing an emergency medical dispatching app that is expected to be launched later this year.
Sheriff Radcliff said that when we became aware of this new public safety technology at no cost to our county, we moved on getting it implemented. Currently the Sheriff’s Office has the Medflight software located and working in the 911 dispatching communications center and plan to have this medical emergency app deployed to other surrounding fire and EMS agencies. Please watch the 10TV cover story video below.
Although there have been no traffic fatalities for the first half of 2015, a recent crash over the July 4th weekend reminds us that the Summer Months can be one of the most dangerous times of the year. Although most of us think of the winter as the most dangerous time with the ever changing weather conditions, summer poses different types of dangers. There are more people on the road, more inexperienced drivers are behind the wheel, and there are special events and holidays where alcohol use is possible during the summer months. Also, motorcycles and pedestrians are out enjoying the better weather during this time of year. All these factors add to the odds of potential crashes. Safe Communities of Pickaway County continues to remind drivers AND passengers of all ages to “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time”. Furthermore, everyone needs to observe the slogan “Stay Alive Don’t Text and Drive” and to never, ever drive impaired.
As of June 2015, there had been zero fatalities on Pickaway County roadways. In 2014, there was one fatality documented during this same period. As the year progressed, there were multiple fatalities as the result of motor vehicle crashes. These numbers do not reflect the number of crashes that ended in significant injury or property loss. Even though a recent crash ended in a fatality, Pickaway County roadways have been safer overall. Keeping safety a part of your routine throughout the year can help keep those numbers low.
Whether you are a seasoned driver, a motorcycle rider, a teen driver, or the parent of a teen driver, you can learn more how to be safe when behind the wheel. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov to learn more about safe driving habits.
As Summer begins, the “100 Days of Summer” also begins. According to statistics, the period of time from graduations to the start of the new school year is a dangerous time on our highways. With increased travel, more time for teen drivers to be behind the wheel, the use of motorcycles as a means of transportation, and the increase in daylight hours, all contribute to the numbers of increased crashes and fatalities. Special events such as the Fourth of July and Labor Day, and festivals and special events that include alcohol as a part of the celebrations, just add to the dangers. Although the term “100 Days of Summer” often refers to teen driver safety, all motorists should be aware that statistically the summer months can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.
“Safe Communities of Pickaway County encourages all drivers and passengers to remember to buckle up, since it is statistically the number one way to survive a crash if it occurs”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Safe Communities of Pickaway County Director. “Also, if you plan to involve alcohol in your summer activities, please find a designated driver to make sure you get home safely.”
To date, Pickaway County has not seen a traffic fatality in 2015. This is significantly down from last year at this time, and Safe Communities would like to reach the goal of a fatal-free year. By remembering that to “Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive”, as well as to “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time”, and remembering the importance of safe speed limits, drivers and passengers can help Safe Communities to reach this very important goal.
Safe Driving Information, and Special Enforcement Periods such as the pending Fourth of July “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, can be found at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
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 .
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 .