A traffic safety program has been renewed for a fifth fiscal year. The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office announced today that a grant written in April has been approved, and the funds will go to the continued efforts of the program to work toward the goal of a fatal-free year on our local highways.
“I am pleased to announce the renewal of our Safe Communities of Pickaway County program for 2014-2015”, stated Sheriff Robert Radcliff today. “The Safe Communities program has continued to work toward the goal of keeping our citizens and visitors safe as they travel in our community through awareness and education on traffic safety issues.”
This program is funded by a grant provided by the Ohio Department of Public Safety with funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The grant of $42,000 is a slight increase from the past fiscal year due to the increase in the average of fatalities over the past three years. The program was designed to promote specific traffic messages, and to focus on problems identified through a variety of data sources. The program is mandated to follow the criteria provided by NHTSA, and to use countermeasures that will work to combat specific issues that are identified as contributing factors for motor vehicle crashes and deaths in Pickaway County. The issues identified for 2015 are specifically seat belt use, younger driver safety, and motorcycle safety awareness. Other issues of concern for traffic safety advocates include speed, impaired driving, and distracted driving. The program has a variety of community partners, and a Coalition to assist in the overall review of the program.
Safe Communities of Pickaway County continues to look for new Coalition members, new agencies and businesses to partner with, and extends their services to organizations that want to learn more about traffic safety, or work with them to promote traffic safety awareness. For more information contact Director Teresa C. Carper at tcarper .