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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

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

National Safety Awareness Month for Safe Communities

This month Safe Communities is highlighting National Safety Awareness. National Safety Month promotes four key aspects each week, including: emergency preparedness, wellness, falls and driving. By avoiding distracted driving and focusing on buckling up, you can increase safety on the roadway.

Distracted driving is a public issue that affects us all. More than 40,000 people were killed on the nation’s roadways last year, and distracted driving is a major contributor. Each death is 100% preventable. Cell phones, dashboard infotainment systems, and evolving voice command features all pose a threat to our safety. Taking just one second of your attention away from the task of driving is all it takes to change a life forever.

Additionally, during a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle. Being thrown from a vehicle almost always leads to injury. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.

Let’s make this summer a fun and safe one!

For More Information:

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

Drive Safe This Year for Prom

Prom night is a rite of passage for many teens. It is a time to make memories with friends, that will last a lifetime. Finding the perfect dress, the right date and best after party is all a part of the process. Students may have the best intentions for a memorable evening, but prom night can sometimes lead to making poor decisions.

In fact, 90% of teens believe their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night. This can result in devastation and tragedy that may accompany drinking and driving. Alcohol is involved in almost 1/3 of teenage car crash fatalities.

Safe Communities of Wood County is teaming up with local florist to educate tees about safe prom activities. When purchasing boutonnieres and corsages, students will receive a prom safety sticker. Our motto, “Don’t Tempt Fate, The Phone Can Wait. Be Safe. Buckle Up and Drive Sober,” will be depicted on each sticker.

Tips for Staying Safe & Sober on Prom Night:

  • Be prepared to deal with the pressures that come with the territory
  • Plan something fun and stick to the plan
  • Be a leader to others around you

Tips for Parents to make sure your teen’s prom is memorable for all the right reasons:

  • Have contact numbers handy
  • Communicate
  • Work with other parents
  • Have a transportation plan
  • Stay Connected