Safe Communities announced today that there have been 11 fatal crashes to date compared to 13 last year at this time in Wood County.
October is a busy month for traffic safety educational efforts. The third week is both National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week as well as National Teen Driver Safety Week. Both weeks are marked with awareness and educational opportunities including demonstrations at BGSU using fatal vision goggles to demonstrate the effects of alcohol consumption on driving ability.
In 2015, there were three teens killed in traffic crashes. In 2016 to date, we have had two fatalities. This is two too many! In 2015 there were 303 teens injured in traffic crashes and 119 injured in 2016 to date. Let’s band together and set a good example for the teens in our lives by demonstrating proper driving habits. If we all teach teens to buckle up, hang up, and keep their heads up while driving, we can help make the balance of 2016 lower in teen fatalities and injuries and do our part to lower the same numbers in 2017.
For More Information:
* Lt. William Bowers, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
* Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator: 419-372-9353 or firstname.lastname@example.org