A review of statistics for traffic crashes for the month of May shows that once again Pickaway County has added another fatality to the overall total for the year. Unfortunately, the number of fatalities are increasing in Pickaway County. Safe Communities of Pickaway County continues to promote traffic safety, and use educational tools to make drivers, passengers, and pedestrians aware that safety needs to be a priority every day. A recent survey taken in the community just prior to the recent “Click It or Ticket” National Seat Belt Campaign, proved that the lack of seat belt use remains an issue in Pickaway County. Although there are many reasons as to why a fatality may occur on our roadways, the lack of seat belt use has proven deadly over the past several years.
“Pickaway County will undergo surveys this month to see what our seat belt use rate is overall”, noted Director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County Teresa C. Carper. “I encourage driver to buckle up this month, and continue to ‘Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time’ in order to improve our injury and fatality rate in this community. Pickaway County has continued to have one of the lowest seat belt use rates in the State.”
As the summer months continue, drivers also need to be aware that distractions are not unusual. However, when you add cell phone use and texting to the normal distractions that all drivers experience, the likelihood of a crash increases. With children out of school, pedestrians and bicyclists added to our streets, and the increase in motorcycles on our roadways, added distractions can prove deadly. No one every plans to injure another person when they answer their phone or send a text. But statistically, cell phone use and texting have added to the overall crash, injury, and fatality rate nationwide. Many of those injured or killed have been innocent victims. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asks you to “Stay Alive Don’t Text and Drive”. Learn more about the hazards of distracted driving, and the importance of seat belt use at their website, www.nhtsa.gov .