As the federal fiscal year comes to a close for the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program, the Fatal Review Committee went over one fatality for the final quarter of the year. The Committee discussed what areas of the county are the most dangerous for crashes and fatalities, and made recommendations for what members can do to limit the number of deaths on area roadways.
Fatalities for the calendar year 2014 are actually down from last year. According to statistics, deaths on local roadways are down by 6 county-wide. In the state of Ohio, fatalities are down by 80 from last year. Although this completes the fiscal year on an optimistic note, Safe Communities Director Teresa C. Carper warns that this is not a reason to not take safety seriously. “September in Ohio brings a cause for concern for those of us that promotes traffic safety”, she explained to the members of the committee. “Although there are no concrete reasons, September has historically been a month that fatalities rise across the state. It tells us to make sure we follow traffic safety recommendations every time we get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.”
The Committee also discussed plans to add new members, and proactively make recommendations for changes that would possibly reduce the number of crashes and deaths on roadways in Pickaway County. The Committee noted that some safety measures could be taken to reduce the severity of crashes, and that US 23 needs to be an area of priority for enforcement.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides funds that support the local Safe Communities program, and the High Visibility Enforcement Overtime grant held by the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office. NHTSA has a website with safety information for organizations and individuals at www.nhtsa.gov .
A Change of Seasons Can Increase Chances of Crashes and Fatalities
Beware of September! This phrase notes that statistically, this time of year increases the number of crashes and fatalities in Ohio. Even in Pickaway County, September has been a month in the past where crashes and fatalities have increased. There can be many reasons for this trend: the change of season decreases the hours of light and visibility, the increase in deer related crashes, changes in weather, and school related travel and traffic. In a few short weeks, we will end daylight savings time. Changing our routines, and ourselves to adjust to this time change, often creates issues when it comes to being alert behind the wheel. In Pickaway County, we are coming into a time of year where we will see an increase in traffic due to the pending Circleville Pumpkin Show. All of these examples give good reason why safe driving practices should become a priority each and every time we travel in a motor vehicle.
Signed into law this past year, and a law that can be found in the Ohio Revised Code, is the designation that September is “Safe Driving Awareness Month”. The designation is in honor of Maria Tiberi and others who have lost their lives in motor vehicle related incidents. Safe Communities of Pickaway County asks that all Pickaway County drivers remember these individuals, and drive safe every month of the year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a website with information on traffic safety issues, suggestions for parents and teens, and other traffic safety related items. Visit their website at www.nhtsa.gov to review this information, and make a pledge to make a “good” change and develop safe driving habits every time you drive.
The Safe Communities of Pickaway County Coalition met this week to discuss the end to the fiscal year for the program, and preview plans to continue traffic safety in Pickaway County. Members were presented a report with an outline of the goals met and areas where improvement in traffic safety is needed. According to statistics provided in April 2013, this year the organization was to focus on seat belt safety, impaired driving issues, motorcycle safety awareness, and work to create partnerships throughout the community to promote public awareness of motor vehicle safety. The program reviews fatalities on local highways and roadways quarterly, and makes recommendations on how to prevent future crashes, injuries, and fatalities. These reviews, along with data provided by a variety of sources, helps to determine what each program is to focus on in regards to programming. In Pickaway County, younger drivers, impaired driving, and motorcycle safety were all a priority of the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
A major goal over the past five years did improve last year. The program was to meet the goal of 73% use rate for seat belts, and a survey conducted by Miami University last year shows that the county actually improved to 84.3%. These numbers reflect the use rate as of June 2013. In recent surveys and statistical data, there is a concern that this use rate may decrease next fiscal year. Seat belt use and the promotion of this safety message will remain a focus for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The teen program has remained a priority throughout the tenure of the program, and with the issue of distracted driving being a national topic of concern, younger driver safety will continue to be a focus for the future.
Teresa C. Carper, Director for the local program noted how grateful she is to the partners within the Pickaway County community. “It should be noted how fortunate this program is to have our law enforcement, local schools, media, businesses like Walmart and Fletcher’s Towing, and community members who help us make this program work”, she noted today. “In speaking with many agencies across the state, some programs struggle to get community members and leaders involved in the process. In Pickaway County, this has never been an issue, and we are grateful for the support.”
Although the Coalition was made aware of the future plans for the program, as well as future funding, an official announcement will come after October 1, 2014 when the new federal fiscal year begins for these grants in Ohio. The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office has held the program for over four years, and has applied for a grant for 2014-2015. Safe Community programs nationwide were created to promote public awareness and education to communities that have a significant number of fatalities as a result of motor vehicle crashes. Funding for the programs comes from the National Highway Safety Administration with the goal of becoming self-sufficient. In Ohio, funding comes to individual communities as a result of a grant held by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration holds information on a variety of programs, and information can be found on their website at www.nhtsa.gov .
A recent crackdown on Impaired Driving may have been a contributing factor to no fatalities in the month of August. With extra patrols on our roadways, and public awareness providing a reminder that “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk”, the National Campaign against impaired driving could be major factor in Pickaway County being able to have another month where no one died on our local roadways. Considering that Labor Day is known nationally as a dangerous time for impaired driving crashes and deaths, traffic safety advocates are pleased that Pickaway County did not follow that national trend.
“Any time we have a holiday or major event where alcohol is often a part of the celebrations, we are concerned that drivers may not understand how impaired they are, and take the risk of driving while intoxicated”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Director for the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program. “Having no fatalities in the month of August, and throughout the Labor Day Holiday, tends to make us believe that drivers followed the cautionary message and that extra patrols helped to keep our citizens and visitors safe while traveling through our county.”
Although the national crackdown known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” was completed as of September 1, Safe Communities of Pickaway County asks that drivers continue to remember the message throughout the year. By designating a sober driver before any event, party, or evening out, can and does save lives. For more information on traffic safety tips, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
A National Campaign to remind all drivers that motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children began on September 14, 2014. Although the campaign only runs through September 20th, the message is one that is relevant for the entire year. During a five year period from 2008 to 2012, more than 3,390 children were killed in motor vehicle crashes and an estimated 613,000 children were injured nationally. According to the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and their crash data, nearly 2 children were killed and 332 were injured every day while riding in a motor vehicle in 2012. Of those crashes, over 1/3 or 37% were not in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt. Since on average a child will be involved in a motor vehicle crash every 34 seconds, why take the risk of not putting your child in the proper safety equipment? The reminder that we should all “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time” should apply to all drivers and passengers within a motor vehicle, especially those who rely on others for safety.
The National Child Passenger Safety Week promotes the message that like seat belts, car seats do save lives. But using them correctly is a major contributor in keeping your child safe. In 2012, among children under the age of 5 riding in a motor vehicle, an estimate of 284 lives were saved by child restraints. An additional 58 children could have been saved if car seat use was 100%. That is 58 families who would not need to endure the pain of losing a child. There are laws in all 50 states that protect children by mandating the use of child restraints such as a car seat, booster seat, and seat belts.
All drivers who carry younger passengers can give them a 71% chance of survival if involved in a crash by simply having them in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt. By following the instructions for proper installation and use, you can give your child the gift of safety every time they ride in a motor vehicle. To learn more about Child Passenger Safety Week, the importance of seat belts, and other safety tips, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
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7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast Provided by the Pickaway Senior Center and the SALT Council.
8:00 a.m. Invocation – Chaplain Ronald Reese, Sheriff’s Office
8:05 a.m. Pledge – Robert B. Radcliff, Pickaway County Sheriff
8:10 a.m. Welcome – Robert B. Radcliff, Pickaway County Sheriff
8:30 a.m. Judy C. Wolford Pickaway County Prosecutor
9:00a.m. Financial Exploitation of seniors – David Kessler, Investigator Fairfield County
9:45 a.m. BREAK
10:00 a.m. Ken Mammoser F.B.I.
10:30 a.m. Marianne Hemmeter, Deputy Director, Economic Crime Unit Ohio Attorney General’s Office
11:00 a.m. What’s In Your Mail? – Philip Gentile, Postal Inspector
Questions / Discussion –
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?
Financial exploitation of the elderly is becoming an increasingly familiar problem. Regular review of news headlines reveals that elders and vulnerable adults are victimized routinely by frauds, scams and identity theft, at the hands of strangers as well as loved ones, not only in the United States, but throughout the world. As technology advances, perpetrators keep step by becoming more creative.
Older individuals may be targeted merely because they possess more assets, such as savings, annuities and retirement accounts, stocks and bonds, insurance policies, and property than younger people. Those with cognitive impairments, mental health conditions, or physical disabilities may be dependent upon others (family members, friends, formal and informal caregivers, or court appointed representatives) for assistance in making financial decisions or carrying out daily transactions, and therefore may be even more vulnerable to theft, exploitation or undue influence.
Theft, fraud, misuse or neglect of authority, and use of undue influence as a lever to gain control over an older person’s money or property.
This FREEtraining is being offered to the financial institutions of Pickaway County and our Senior Community.
Attendees will learn how to recognize some of the common signs of financial exploitation, explanation of the law and voluntary reporting requirements, identify theft, mail fraud, and how to make a report to proper authorities.
You do not need to prove that exploitation is occurring; it is up to the professionals to investigate the suspicions.
|Auction Date & Time:||September 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm|
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|Auction Date & Time:||September 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm|
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