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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 .
As local teens prepare for the wonderful experience of their school Prom, local traffic safety advocates are hoping that they remember that getting there safe should be as important as the flowers or the dress. To “Stay Alive” students should remember “Don’t Text and Drive”. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the message is appropriate since most area proms are in the month of April.
“Students need to remember that the best way to make the evening memorable, is to make sure they are able to share the memories by getting there, and getting home safely”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Safe Communities of Pickaway County Director. “Buckle Up, watch your speed, and put down the phone, are all recommendations from all of us at Safe Communities for a great Prom.”
Prom is generally held just before what is known as the “100 Days of Summer”. The time frame was once promoted to alert teens that the time between Prom/graduation, and the start of the new school year, is one of the most dangerous for their age group. The summer months often net more speed related crashes, impairment, and distractions. With Prom Season at the start of this crucial time, the need to remember safe driving habits is especially important.
Safety should be a priority every day of the year. For more information on how to remain safe while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, visit the National Highway Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
Pickaway County has been chosen as stop for a National Speaker on Teen Driving Safety. Impact Teen Drivers, an organization that works with agencies, schools, and local communities to promote teen driving safety, and educates students on how to promote safety to their peers, will be holding a “Parent Teen Workshop” at Circleville High School on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The event will highlight what parents of teen drivers need to know about Graduated Licensing Laws in the State of Ohio, as well as what teens and parents need to know about Ohio texting and driving laws. The State of Ohio passed new laws on texting and driving over one year ago that prohibits teens from using any type of electronic device while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one reason for deaths in teens and young adults, and distracted driving is a major contributor to these types of crashes.
The highlight of the event will be a presentation by Martha Tessmer. Martha’s son Dylan was a high school football star that was being recruited by many colleges, including major institutions here in Ohio. Dylan’s dreams were cut short in 2007 when Dylan and his girlfriend, along with three other friends, were involved in a crash that caused the death of this young man and cut short a promising future. Ms. Tessmer is a supporter of Impact Teen Drivers, and promoting safety to all teens in the hopes that their families will not endure the pain of the loss of someone they love.
“We in Pickaway County have been so fortunate to have had many opportunities to host events such as this, and to give parents and teens the chance to learn more about what they can do to improve their safety while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, as well as protecting the lives of those passengers who ride with them”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County. “The event is free, and we hope that parents and students will take this opportunity to learn more about the responsibility of being a driver of a motor vehicle.”
The event is presented by Impact Teen Drivers and sponsored by the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and Circleville High School. Funding for this project is made available through grants by the US DOT/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ohio Department of Public Safety (OTSO). Door prizes and give-a-ways will also be provided at the event.
“We hope that parents and teens will join us for this very important event”, stated Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff. “One of the worst things a law enforcement officer must do in his/her career is to inform a parent of the loss of their child in a motor vehicle crash. We are committed to do all we can to prevent these types of tragedies in our community.”
The event will be held in the auditorium of the new Circleville High School. All members of the community are welcome.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 3, 2014) – Teays Valley High School seniors Cody Redman and Justin Donaldson earnedthe Senior High Public Service Announcement (PSA) Grand Prize of $200 for their video entry in the 70th Annual AAA Traffic Safety Poster Program. The students will be honored Saturday April 5 during a special ceremony at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Cast Your Vote: http://postervoting.ohio.aaa.com
Out of nearly 1,000 entries into this year’s contest, AAA awarded four grand prizes, six first prizes, six second prizes and six third prizes. Redman and Donaldson were the only students from Teays Valley to win prizes.
People’s Choice Award:
All winning entries are located at AAA.com/PosterContest, where online voting is now underway for the 2014 People’s Choice Award. The voting began March 1 and will close on March 31.
Traffic Safety Poster Program:
The AAA Traffic Safety Poster Program aims to reduce traffic and pedestrian crashes, the leading causes of death for children ages 3 to 14. Students of all ages illustrate a selected safety category, under the supervision of dedicated educators and youth leaders.
A select panel of judges from AAA carefully selects winners in each category that display the proper use of traffic safety principles and demonstrate the student’s ability to create memorable entries that lead others to safety through example and enthusiasm. Redman and Donaldson’s PSA did just that.
As North America’s largest leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 54 million members with travel-, insurance-, financial- and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be found online at AAA.com.
Issued by The National Weather Service Cincinnati/Wilmington, OH
… WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY…
* HAZARD TYPES… HEAVY SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS.
* ACCUMULATIONS… SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 8 INCHES. THERE COULD BE SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS UP TO A QUARTER INCH IN SOUTHERN OHIO. A SLIGHT CHANGE IN STORM TRACK COULD PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES IN THESE ACCUMULATIONS OVER A SMALL AREA.
* TIMING… SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE AREA EARLY THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT. DURING THE LATE EVENING… WARMER AIR ALOFT WILL CHANGE SNOW TO FREEZING RAIN AT TIMES. A FINAL CHANGEOVER TO ALL SNOW WILL OCCUR OVERNIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF WEDNESDAY MORNING… BUT GUSTY NORTH WINDS MAY RESULT IN AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW ON WEDNESDAY.
* IMPACTS… HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO REDUCED VISIBILITIES AND SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS.
* WINDS… NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.
REMEMBER… A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW… SLEET… AND ICE ARE EXPECTED. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
A day that fans prepare for all season long is upon us………..Super Bowl 2014. No matter which team you support, you can always “win” by designating a sober driver before the party begins. Some may visit a favorite establishment, and some may attend a party to watch the big game; but many will involve alcohol in the celebration. Believing in the talents of your favorite team in admirable; but believing in responsibility and designating a sober driver can and does save lives.
The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with the National Football League (NFL) and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition have joined forces with traffic safety advocates nationwide to promote the message that “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk”. In Pickaway County, local law enforcement will be out to make sure drivers remember this safety message. The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office will extend their efforts through their High Visibility Enforcement Overtime Grant, as well as their participation in “Project S.T.A.R.” to keep all the fans safe on our local roadways.
Safe Communities of Pickaway County Director Teresa C. Carper notes that fans can help by planning ahead. “Designate a driver, and report anyone you suspect of driving impaired to local law enforcement”, she suggests. “Part of the fun of this event is talking about all the action on the field, and the commercials, with friends and co-workers later. So be there for that part of the fun by getting home safe after the game.”
One suggestion for those who host a party is to have special non-alcoholic drinks or special snacks for those who offer to be a designated driver. Planning ahead can prevent the sad statistics from 2011. According to NHTSA, 9,878 people died in alcohol related crashes that year; remember that your odds of being involved in a crash increase dramatically when driving impaired. Holidays and special events, like the Super Bowl, often increase the number of impaired drivers on our roadways.
The National Highway Traffic Safety has plenty of safety information on their website at www.nhtsa.gov. Cheer on your favorite team and celebrate safety during Super Bowl XLVIII.
… WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST TODAY… … WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY… … WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS CANCELLED…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY… WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST TODAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
* TIMING… BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES AND WIND CHILLS WILL CONTINUE TO FILTER INTO THE REGION ON STRONG WEST WINDS.
* WINDS… WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.
* TEMPERATURES… BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES WILL FALL THROUGH THE SINGLE DIGITS TODAY. THE COLDEST VALUES OF 10 BELOW TO 15 BELOW WILL OCCUR TONIGHT.
* WIND CHILL READINGS… DANGEROUS WIND CHILL READINGS WILL BE IN THE 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO RANGE TODAY… FALLING AS LOW AS 25 TO 35 BELOW ZERO TONIGHT. WIND CHILLS WILL BE IN THE 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO RANGE TUESDAY AFTERNOON… FALLING TO 25 TO 35 BELOW ZERO TUESDAY NIGHT.
* HAZARD TYPES… DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILL READINGS.
* IMPACTS… TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES ARE POSSIBLE DUE TO BLOWING SNOW AND RE-FREEZING ON UNTREATED ROADS. FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA CAN OCCUR WITH EXPOSURE TO THE BITTER COLD.
A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
Although Pickaway County has seen two recent fatal crashes, the month of November had no traffic-related fatalities recorded. Pickaway County has had an increase in traffic related fatalities this past year, and traffic safety advocates note the lack of seat belt use continues to be an issue in many of these fatalities. Although the Holiday Season generally focuses on Impaired Driving, and asking everyone to remember that “Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving”, Safe Communities of Pickaway County wants drivers and passenger alike to remember to “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time”.
“Pickaway County drivers need to remember that they will improve their chances of surviving a crash by 50% by simply buckling up”, noted Teresa C. Carper, Director for the Safe Communities of Pickaway County Program. “Also, make sure your passengers do the same….make it a rule they must follow in order to ride in your motor vehicle.”
Safe Speeds are also a concern during this time of year. Since the recent inclement weather has caused concerns for safety, following safe speed limits is especially important. Of course we all remember what the legal speed limit may be on a roadway, however safe speed limits during dangerous weather conditions, and on roads that require more caution, is equally important. Many of the traffic fatalities last year involved drivers who did not follow safe speed limits.
Please remember that law enforcement will be out this Holiday Season to enforce the laws during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization. For information on how you can make your ride safer in a motor vehicle, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety website at www.nhtsa.gov .