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Upcoming Event: Towards Zero Deaths Safety Network

Upcoming Event

Towards Zero Deaths Safety Network 

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Safe Communities of Wood County is hosting the quarterly Towards Zero Deaths Safety Meeting on April 11 in the Bowling Green State University Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater. Join us for a presentation by Dr. Paul Atchley, professor   and associate dean for academic innovation and student   success at The University of Kansas. Dr. Atchley has been  conducting research and educating people about the cognitive factors related to driving for more than twenty-five years, and his work has been highlighted by national and international media outlets including the BBC, NPR, “Katie” with Katie Couric, Rock Center, and the New York Times.

This month Safe Communities of Wood County is highlighting Thayer Chevrolet. Since joining the coalition in 2013, Thayer Chevrolet has been extremely active behind the scenes. From helping to ensure that the “Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride” campaign is operational, to hosting press events, Katie Beakas and the Thayer Chevrolet staff are always there with a smile and encouragement.

When you are out and about, stop and thank Katie Beakas, Tony Lake, Trevor Newby, and Brett Kime of Thayer Chevrolet for their commitment to supporting Safe Communities of Wood County.

This meeting provides attendees an opportunity to build relationships with various disciplines involved in traffic safety, foster professional development on topics related to traffic safety, and recognize outstanding work by safety professionals across Ohio. Reservations are required.

For more information, contact Sandy Wiechman at 419.372.9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu.

Event Recap

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Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride | New Year’s Eve Recap 

The 2016-17 New Year’s Eve “Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride” campaign event was a success. Safe Communities of Wood County began offering rides at 11 PM on December 31, and concluded the event at 4 AM on January 1. The event served a total of 147 people, which is down from 200 people served the previous year. We also saw a reduction in the number of volunteers in addition to the number of vans, which was reduced from 4 last year to only 3 this year.

Safe Communities always enjoys working alongside local organizations and businesses to benefit our community, and we are grateful to the community members who help make this event possible every year. Thank you to all the volunteers who donated their time to spread the message of driving sober. This continues to be a very welcome and rewarding program for the City of Bowling Green.

For more information on traffic safety and our upcoming events, visit our Traffic Safety Website.

AAA Talks Safety

Wear a Helmet for Safety

According to AAA and the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcycle fatalities have decreased the past few years. Unfortunately, the reported use of helmets has also decreased, causing many motorcycle accidents to result in serious head injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycles pose a fatality rate that is six times higher than the fatality rate for a passenger car. Safe Communities hopes to decrease the number of motorcycle-related injuries and deaths by encouraging helmet use as well as advocating these traffic safety tips:

  • Keep headlights and taillights on at sunrise, sunset, and in any adverse weather.
  • Stay three to four seconds behind a vehicle you intend to pass, and signal your intention to turn.
  • Before passing a vehicle, check your rearview mirror and ensure all vehicles are a safe distance behind you when completing a pass.
  • Wear helmets that are compliant with FMVSS No. 218. Helmets are 67% effective in preventing brain injuries during crashes; riders without helmets are three times more likely to suffer a brain injury as a result of a crash than helmeted riders.
  • Wear proper clothing, eyewear, and footwear to protect yourself from risk of serious injury or fatality.

Stay in Control: Avoid Potentially Fatal Risks

Distracted driving is always a problem, but combining motorcyclists and distracted drivers can be fatal. While riding a motorcycle, it is critical to stay aware and vigilant of your surroundings at all times. Motorcycles often get caught in a motorist’s blind spot, and they may be hard to see, making it even more important to look twice.

Distracted driving also poses a serious threat to motorcyclists. Reaction time is delayed a few seconds when texting and driving or messing with anything in the vehicle. This delayed reaction contributes to a larger risk of fatal collision with a motorcycle.

Motorcyclists also increase the risk of a fatal collision when they take their hands off the motorcycle handlebars. According to Seeker Digital Network, taking your hands off the handlebars reduces your control over the motorcycle more than if you took your hands off a car’s steering wheel; steering, braking, accelerating, and shifting are all comprised.

There are many suggestions to decrease the risk of fatal motorcycle collisions. One method is to complete a motorcycle safety course. Wood County and the state of Ohio do not require extra safety courses for motorcyclists, but Safe Communities of Wood County highly recommends taking one. The course will teach you about the state traffic safety laws that apply to motorcycles, how to avoid unsafe situations, and how to respond to emergency situations on a motorcycle. Course instructors will also provide tips on motorcycle maintenance. You will even have a chance to try out your new skills in a controlled environment.

Finally, we recommend always watching the weather for adverse driving conditions and wearing the proper protection gear at all times.

Keep Our Motorcyclists Alive

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 Motorists can help make the roads safer for motorcyclists by taking some simple precautions.

  • Typically, motorcyclists are more inclined to take to the road on weekends, meaning it is even more important to stay alert and be extra cautious.
  • Allow ample space for motorcyclists to maneuver and react if necessary; alwasy follow three or more seconds behind.
  • Never attempt to share the lane with a motorcycle.
  • Motorcycles can be hard to see; look for them by double checking your mirrors and blind spots before switching to another lane of traffic.
  • Always signal before changing lanes or merging with traffic; this allows motorcyclists time to anticipate your movement and find a safe lane position.
  • If a turn signal is on, wait to be sure the rider is going to turn before you proceed; it may not be self-canceling and the motorcyclist may have forgotten to turn it off.
  • Remember, safety is a shared responsibility — do your part.

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For more information on traffic safety, visit the Traffic Safety Website.

Outdoor Program Trips

Hello All,

Linda here with a reminder to check out upcoming trips the Outdoor Program has scheduled. Nice weather is just around the corner. Caving, canoeing and climbing are only a few of the adventures the Outdoor Program has planned. Looking for something a little less adventurous? Go out and smell the flowers with a Day Hike at Secor Metropark.

Registration deadlines are approaching fast. Head to the Trips page for details on these and any other outings. See you outside!

March&April

Yoga As You Are Classes

Take a short stress relieving break and  participate in this free gentle yoga class. This low-impact class includes gentle stretches,
balance, and breathing as a well as movements designed to increase range of motion in joints and relieve tension. Lastly, enjoy 5 minutes of Mindful Meditation at the end of each class. Come as you are – all that’s needed is a yoga mat or towel. Registration is not required.

  • Mondays 12:10 – 12:50
  • Location: Women’s Center, 107 Hanna Hall
  • January 23 – April 24 (no session during Spring Break – March 6)
  • Facilitated by Caroline Dawson, Certified Mindfulness and Yoga Instructor with over 20 years of yoga and meditation experience.

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Older adult fitness classes begin soon!

Hello All,

Linda here, with some exciting news from our Older Adult Fitness program: the Department of Recreation and Wellness is teaming up with Healthways SilverSneackers® Fitness program to bring you the second session of 8- week fitness classes. The session runs from March 13th through May 5th. These classes are specially designed with older adults in mind.

The first class, Water Exercise Training (WET), is a therapeutic aquatics program. WET has a positive effect on cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and joint flexibility. All this is set in a social atmosphere, so grab your swimsuit and come on in, the water is just right.

The second class in the session is Gentle Chair Yoga. This class caters to those who have difficulty sitting on the floor, have injuries, or are interested in a more modified practice. Gentle Chair Yoga teaches you breathing exercises and different meditation styles. Grab a chair and join us.

Along with these classes, bring a friend for a game of Pickleball or a walk around the track at the Perry Field House.

Classes are open to everyone, but SilverSneakers members can take advantage of all these activities at no charge!

Exercise has many health benefits, besides improving physical strength and fitness, it can help manage and improve diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. It can also help improve feelings of depression and prevent health problems that come with age.

For more information, class times, or registration information: Older Adult Fitness

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