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Safe Communities of Pickaway County
Celebrate Safe this Fourth of July and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”
A favorite Holiday during the summer months is the Fourth of July. It is also one of the most deadly holidays due to impaired driving. Safe Communities of Pickaway County is reminding everyone who wants to participate in area events, or parties/picnics with family and friends, that “Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving”.
Local Law Enforcement will be out in force to make sure that everyone knows that it is important to “Driver Sober or (you will) Get Pulled Over”. The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrols out thanks to their HVEO or High Visibility Enforcement Grant. The grant provides funds to extra patrols during those times of year noted to increase the potential for motor vehicle crashes and fatalities.
“It is my recommendation that everyone simply plan ahead when attending any event where alcohol is being consumed”, noted Sheriff Robert Radcliff. “By designating a driver, you can avoid the cost of this decision, and help to keep our roadways safe.”
The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays during the year. During the last five years (2007-2011), 780 people lost their lives nationwide during the Fourth of July Holiday that involved a driver that had a blood alcohol level that was .08 or higher. This number accounts for 40 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities during the same five year period.
Teresa Carper, Director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County, suggests that event and party-goers plan to designate a driver or call a sober driver if alcohol is consumed. Also, she suggests that those who are hosting the party make the designated driver(s) feel a part of the celebration by providing special non-alcoholic drinks.
“There are many recipes for special non-alcoholic drinks that allow the host to make it easy for drivers or designated drivers to feel a part of the celebration while staying sober”, noted Carper. “Some hosts will even give special attention to those who are designated as the sober driver by giving them a special front row seat to the fireworks display. Part of being a great host is making sure your guests are around to tell everyone just how great your party was during this Fourth of July.”
For more information on the importance of driving sober, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov . Also, please remember to “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time” this Fourth of July, and note that safe speed limits will also lend to safe travel to and from your destination.
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One of the greatest period of time for those in their teens is the period from Prom and Graduation, until the next school year or when college begins. It is also the most dangerous time. Traffic Safety Advocates call it the “100 Days of Summer”. This period of time is when we often see an increase in motor vehicle crashes and fatalities, especially those who range in the ages of 15 to 19 years. Please have a great summer, but make it a safe one. Best wishes to all the graduates, and congratulations to all students who have made it through another school year. A safety message from Safe Communities of Pickaway County.
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May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Safe Communities of Pickaway County asks that drivers remember that these warmer months will bring about a favorite past-time for many—motorcycle riding. Whether riding for leisure, or as a form of transportation, these vehicles will be out on our roadways and other drivers need to be aware of their presence. That is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated the month of May to highlight this type of traffic safety. Increasing safe riding and cooperation between all road users and motorcyclists will help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.
“As Spring turns to Summer, the number of motorcycles on Pickaway County roadways will increase”, noted Sheriff Robert Radcliff. “New data shows that Pickaway County must increase safety initiatives for this type of traffic safety, and to promote both safe riding habits and driver awareness.”
Drivers need to remember that motorcycles are often difficult to see. By not driving distracted, drivers can focus on the road and be more aware of motorcycles and other traffic situations. Also, it is important to remember that motorcycles are legal vehicles, and have the same rights as other types of motor vehicles. By allowing motorcycles a full lane length, and by remembering to signal when changing lanes or making turns, drivers can help to keep these riders safe. Riders can also take the initiative in their own safety as well by making sure they use the right equipment, follow safe speed limits, and never drive impaired.
“The Ohio Department of Public Safety has a division known as ‘Motorcycle Ohio’, and the department has fantastic resources and training opportunities for riders of all levels”, explained Safe Communities Director Teresa C. Carper. “I encourage anyone interested in learning how to ride, or to improve their skills to visit the Motorcycle Ohio website at www.motorcycle.ohio.gov for tips and rider course information.”
“Ride S.M.A.R.T.” encourages motorcyclist to ride “Sober”, ride “‘Motorcycle endorsed”, ride “Alert”, ride with the “Right gear”, and ride “Trained”. For more information on motorcycle safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .
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Cinco de Mayo is becoming a popular holiday. If you do not know what Cinco de Mayo means, it is a celebration of the 5th of May and commemorates Mexican American Heritage and Pride. Although it is often celebrated in the western United States, the Holiday is sometimes celebrated locally and in nearby cities. It often includes great food, fun, and alcohol. Even if you do not celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you can help in the safety efforts of law enforcement during this and the many other Holidays we celebrate by calling 9-1-1 if you suspect someone is driving impaired. “Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving”. A simple call can make a huge difference, and may just save a life.
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Issued by The National Weather Service Cincinnati/Wilmington, OH
Tue, Mar 5, 2013, 4:11 PMEST
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST WEDNESDAY…
* HAZARD TYPES… SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS… SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES.
* TIMING… AREAS OF RAIN WILL MIX WITH SNOW EARLY THIS EVENING BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO ALL SNOW LATE THIS EVENING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED TO FALL TONIGHT.
* IMPACTS… HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO REDUCED VISIBILITIES AND SNOW ACCUMULATIONS.
REMEMBER… A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL… KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT… FOOD… AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
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Sheriff Robert B Radcliff has lifted the level one snow emergency for Pickaway County as of 10:00 P.M 02-04-2013
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