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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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 .
Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving This Halloween!
You should be afraid of what could happen to you if you choose to drink and drive this Halloween. In Pickaway County, law enforcement will be out stalking the roadways looking for anyone who chooses the scary act of drinking and driving. Halloween is great fun, and it is not just for kids anymore. Great Halloween parties can make great memories if you choose to be safe. Plan ahead, and designate a sober driver before the fun begins.
“Too many individuals may think they are able to drive when often they are not legal to be behind the wheel”, noted Sheriff Robert Radcliff. “When a person drinks alcohol, they may feel fine and decide to drive. As the alcohol metabolizes, the effects of the alcohol may become apparent. Once behind the wheel, the risks to the driver increases, as well as the risk to other innocent drivers on the road.”
Every year in America, thousands of people are killed by the selfish and preventable act of driving drunk. In 2012, drunk driving crashes made up nearly one-third of the total number of fatalities with 10,322 persons killed nationwide. And younger drivers, although alcohol use is illegal under the age of 21, made up the largest group of drivers that were involved in this type of fatal crash. Almost one-fifth of the younger drivers, or 18%, involved in a fatal crash were legally drunk.
As Pickaway County begins a new fiscal grant year, they will join other law enforcement officials in making sure the roadways in our community do not become frightful from drunk drivers. “Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving”, and remembering that “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” can make this Halloween a little less scary on our roadways. For more traffic safety related information, visit the National Highway Traffic Administration at www.nhtsa.gov .
A motor vehicle crash in late September in Pickaway County caused the death of three persons. Unfortunately, this crash follows a state trend for motor vehicle related deaths in late September. Information sent to the Safe Communities program noted that in Ohio, September is an unusually dangerous month for motor vehicle crashes and deaths. As the seasons change, along with weather conditions and Fall activities, Safe Communities notes that this time of year is especially important to remain vigilant while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. They especially want to extend the message of how important it is to plan ahead when attending parties and events that involve alcohol. Also, by limiting distractions, being mindful of speed limits, and “Buckling Up Day or Night”, you can also improve your chances for a safe Autumn season on our roadways.
“Deer crashes increase in Fall, as well as crashes due to weather conditions”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for the Safe Communities of Pickaway County Program. “But, the biggest issue is often an increase in our travel to special events, Halloween parties, and other celebrations. If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver long before the fun begins.”
Safe Communities was just awarded an annual grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety with funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The program is in its fifth year of existence, and continues to promote traffic safety awareness and education to the Pickaway County Community.
The 2014 Safe Bank Project was a success and had a good turn out today. Angela An with 10TV was master of ceremonies and a list of speakers for the day included Robert B. Radcliff, Pickaway County Sheriff, Chaplain Ronald Reese, Sheriff’s Office, Judy C. Wolford Pickaway County Prosecutor, Financial Exploitation of Seniors – David Kessler, Investigator Fairfield County, Ken Mammoser F.B.I., Marianne Hemmeter, Deputy Director, Economic Crime Unit Ohio Attorney Generals Office and Philip Gentile, Postal Inspector. Other’s in attendance included Pickaway County Auditor Melissa Betz, and Pickaway County Recorder Joyce Gifford Pickaway County S.A.L.T. and Ross County S.A.L.T. groups.
The outcome in attendance with this years Project Safe Bank has exceeded the previous years and we as a group hope to further training and raise awareness on financial exploitation on elders.