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Safe Communities of Wood County February 2019 Press Release

Safe Communities announced today that there have been zero fatal crashes in Wood County this year compared to zero at this time last year.  Let’s keep this trend going!

Rear-end and fixed object crashes are the major causes of crashes in Wood County.  Common factors that contribute to these type of collisions include:

  • Aggressive or reckless driving.
  • Texting and driving.
  • Speeding.
  • Driver fatigue.
  • Tailgating.
  • Negligence while driving through intersections, parking lots, and highway ramps.
  • Failure to follow the rules of the road.

You can prevent these crashes by remembering these simple rules:

  • Look further up the road to spot traffic stopping long before the vehicle in front of you slams on its brakes.
  • Stay focused on your driving
  • Leave 2-3 vehicle lengths between you and the car in front of you
  • Do not drive in excess of the speed limit
  • Do not drive drowsy or impaired
  • If there is poor visibility, be cautious and drive within your abilities.

Let’s strive for zero fatal crashes in 2019.

For More Information:

  • Lt. Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator:  419-372-9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu

October is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

Safe Communities announced today that there have been 11 fatal crashes to date compared to 11 last year at this time.

October is a month filled with traffic safety educational efforts. October 21 –27 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Safe Communities encourages all parents and guardians not to hand over the keys until their teen knows the rules of the road.

Motor Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens 15-18 in the United States- ahead of all other types of injury, disease, and violence. The amount of teen drivers of passenger vehicles (15-18 years old) killed in motor vehicle crashes has doubled since 2016. To combat the issue, NTSA offers parents and caregivers helpful tips and a framework to talk to their teen drivers about risky driving behaviors that can lead to fatal consequences.

October 19 -25 is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. This week is designed to encourage students to choose responsibility and take the opportunity to change the culture of binge drinking on-campus and off. Wood County Safe Communities remind everyone that it never and option to drink and drive. No matter the amount of alcohol you’ve consumed, designate a sober driver or plan to use a public transportation method to make it safely to your destination. Help us spread our traffic safety messages with the goal of lowering the number of teen fatalities as well as the number of alcohol related crashes.

For More Information:

Lt. Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator: 419-372-9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu

Get Yourself Tested – Free HIV Testing

 

Get Yourself Tested for FREE at the WellnessConnection!

The testing is confidential, LGBTQ+ friendly and affirming. Conducted in a discreet location within the Student Recreation Center.

Call 419.372.9355 or stop by the Wellness Connection in the Student Recreation Center to schedule an appointment today. Walk-ins are always welcome!

Location: Student Recreation Center | Time: 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Fall Semester 2018: September 19, October 3, 17, November 7, December 5, 19
Spring Semester 2019: January 15, February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3, 7, May 1, 15

**Remember to bring a photo ID to the appointment

What to Expect

Once in the testing room expect to:

  • Show a valid photo ID
  • Fill out paperwork
  • Sign a few forms – Remember that the testing is CONFIDENTIAL, not anonymous, so a real name is associated with your paperwork and test results
  • Receive the test
  • Talk about what brought you in for a test today (i.e., what could be putting you at risk for HIV)
  • Talk about a “plan of action” to help reduce the risk for HIV in the future
  • At the end of the session, receive a result
  • Receive referrals to other agencies/providers, if necessary
  • Ask any questions or concerns about HIV
  • Fill out the evaluation form

September Traffic Safety Initiatives

Wood County Safe Communities announced today that there have been 10 fatal crashes in Wood County compared to 10 through this same period last year.
 September 10-16, 2018 is National Commercial Vehicle Appreciation Week. Please take a moment to honor all professional drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of the economy’s most demanding and important jobs. These men and women are not only doing their jobs but also working to keep our highways safe. To show your appreciation, remember to move over and slow down, if you see a commercial vehicle stopped on the highway. Do this all of the time, and not just during this designated week.
 September 17-23, 2018 is Child Passenger Safety Seat Awareness week. It is essential for parents to make sure child safety equipment in their vehicles is current with state and federal regulations and installed properly. Child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. Car seats are most effective when installed properly and used correctly. In fact, children in correctly used booster seats are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash. Residents of Wood County are encouraged to contact either Wood County Hospital or Safe Kids of Greater Toledo to schedule a car seat inspection. Make sure to secure your child’s future, by placing him or her in the correct seat at all times.

BG Back to School Traffic Safety

Wood County Safe Communities announced today that there have been 7 fatal crashes in Wood County compared to 8 at this same time last year.

August is back to school month for local school districts and higher education facilities in Wood County. When traveling rural roads, please be attentive to school buses in the area picking up and dropping off the precious cargo. Watch for increased traffic in the area of school buildings and be mindful of the 20-mph school zone speed limit during restricted times.

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) will start its fall semester August 27. Wooster Street is the main thoroughfare to enter the campus and shows a high volume of crashes from 11 AM to 6 PM. Most crashes occur on Friday but with any event at BGSU, please be aware of the high volume of traffic and travel these areas with caution.

Additionally, Owens Community College will start its fall semester in August. Watch for increased traffic on Oregon Road with students entering and exiting campus. Students are encouraged to be mindful of congestion in parking lots and be aware of their surroundings. Let’s prevent the high number of crashes that occur in your parking lots.

Let’s make this back to school season the safest in history!!

For More Information:
Lt. Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator: 419-372-9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu

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