Let’s End Distracted Driving

A 6 state collaborative effort is on now through Saturday July 25th to focus on Distracted Driving.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol joins the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and West Virginia State Police.

“Too many motorists fail to consider the potential consequences of distracted driving,” said Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. “We hope that through initiatives such as the 6-State Trooper Project, we can correct behavior and prevent tragedies on our roadways.”

The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing. It includes the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, West Virginia State Police and the Michigan State Police.

Check out these video clips about distracted driving.

Andrew Kuebeck’s Personal Training Story

I work in the Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing Department of the School of Fine Arts. I have been an Instructor there for three years. Because of my busy teaching schedule as well as the sedentary nature of jewelry making, I found that I really didn’t have any time to work out and began to notice an effect on my body. Each year I give myself a goal to attain, and this year’s was to return to my pre grad school weight as well as becoming more fitness literate. I am also turning 30 this year, and wanted to be sure that I incorporated fitness into my lifestyle.

I became aware of the Personal Training program through the Marketing and Communication televisions around campus, and thought that it would be a wonderful program to participate in. Because of my time off from fitness, I wasn’t entirely sure what my physical limits might be. I thought that having a trainer would allow me to re-enter physical activity as well as provide me with someone to keep me on track and teach me new things. I have been thrilled by the result of my participation with Stephanie Fletcher, my personal trainer.

Each session is fun, educational, and geared to my own needs. I always feel like I am accomplishing things that I didn’t think I could do before. I have lost 13 pounds and dropped two pant sizes since I started working out with Stephanie this semester, and am now only 3 lbs. away from my pre grad school weight. I have been amazed by the results I have attained by just spending 1 hour a day being more active at the Student Recreation Center.


Wood County Fair – Distracted Driving Day

Safe Communities of Wood County is hosting the 3rd Annual Distracted Driving Awareness Day during the Wood County Fair on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Building.

The day features “Brook’s Story: One Life Lost, Three Lives Saved”.  This story features a local teen who perished in a distracted driving crash. The Peterson family speaks at 6:00 pm about the struggles they have endured since the death of their daughter.  Distracted Driving Awareness Day offers games, prizes and giveaways, a driving simulator, and fun for all ages.

Safe Communities is located outside the FOP building during the week of the fair which runs August 3 through August 10, 2015.

Commercial Vehicle Crash Statistics Released

PRESS RELEASE – July 2, 2015

Wood County Safe Communities announced today that there have been 6 fatal crashes this year to date, an increase of 2 from this time last year. Statistics relating to commercial vehicle accidents and fatalities within Wood County from 2014 in comparison to 2013 were also released.

In 2014, there were 602 total crashes involving commercial vehicles in Wood County, accounting for 10.02% of the total accidents in the county. This is up from 2013 where 400 total commercial vehicle crashes were reported, representing 7.94% of the total accidents in the jurisdiction. In 2014, 486 crashes involved trucks, 278 (57.2%) of which were caused by truck drivers. In 2013, 305 crashes involved trucks, 174 (57.0%) of which were caused by the truck driver.

Wood County Safe Communities encourages all motor vehicle operators, including commercial vehicle operators, to refrain from distracted driving including texting, using social media, consuming food and beverage, applying health and beauty products, and other activities while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. In addition, Wood County Safe Communities urges all motorists to use extreme caution and best safety practices at all times to ensure the safety of self and others.

For More Information:

  • Jerrod Savidge, 419-352-2481
  • Safe Communities Coordinator, Sandy Wiechman
    419-372-9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu

Safe Communities Press Release

June 30, 3015

The Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays. And why not? Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics, and fireworks. Yet, there is a dark side to this national holiday. If the celebration includes alcohol, a family or neighborhood gathering can quickly go from festive to fatal if choosing to drive after drinking. Statistics for Wood County for past Fourth of July holidays show an increase in alcohol related crashes. In 2013 there were 11 crashes over the 2 day holiday period with 2 injuries, luckily with NO alcohol related crashes. In 2014, 7% of the total 18 crashes during the 4 day period were alcohol related, with 3 reported injuries.

This Fourth of July, show your patriotism by helping to make Wood County roads safer for everyone. Remember to always have alternate transportation arranged if alcohol consumption is part of your holiday plan. Call a friend, a family member, or a cab.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. It’s as simple as that.

For More Information:

  • Lt. Jerrod Savidge | 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman | Safe Communities Coordinator
    419-372-9353 – swiechm@bgsu.edu
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