Category Archives: Safe Communities

Back to School Traffic Safety

It’s that time of year again…. time to head back to school! As the summer winds down and fall picks up, road travel increases, particularly with the commute of students, school buses, commercial vehicles, and employees heading back to work. Safe Communities of Wood County reaffirms the safety messages presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ohio Department of Transportation that encourage safety on the roadways and sidewalks during the back to school season.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 23 million students take the bus to and from school each day; with an average of 24 school-age children dying in school transportation-related crashes each year.

To protect those who utilize school transportation, follow these safety tips:


  • Arrive to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Stand least six feet away from the curb for personal protection and for the protection of traffic
  • Never walk behind the bus; instead, always be positioned in front of the bus while waiting, entering, and exiting the bus.
  • Make eye contact with the bus driver before taking steps toward or away from the bus.


  • Visit the bus stop with your child(ren) to have a visual of the child’s experience and to show the child where to stand while waiting.

For more information regarding bus stop and back to school safety, contact Safe Communities of Wood County at 419.372.9353 or check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website at

Remember, safety starts at the bus stop. Let’s make this back to school season the safest one yet.

For More Information:

  • Jerrod Savidge, 419-352-2481
  • Safe Communities Coordinator, Sandy Wiechman
    419-372-9353 or

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.

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

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 –