Area law personnel hits track to promote auto safety

Area law personnel hits track to promote auto safety

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Wayne & Holmes Counties Safe Communities Coalitions, through a grant from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and Ohio Highway Patrol, would like to remind everyone in Wayne and Holmes counties to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Safe Communities along with Ohio State Highway Patrol, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Wayne County Coroner’s Office participated in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” kick-off at Wayne County Speedway. Cruisers were able to take a couple laps prior to the start of the night of races to remind everyone that if someone is impaired by alcohol or other drugs, they will be arrested.

Each year more than 12,000 people die from injuries sustained in crashes related to impaired driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrative statistics, there is an average of one fatality every 48 minutes from crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with an illegal blood-alcohol concentration of .08g/dL or higher. Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes is four times higher at night than during the day.

Locally, according to OHSP statistics, in Wayne County there were a total of 113 alcohol-related, 38 drug-related and 138 OVI crashes from Jan. 1, 2020, through Aug. 20, 2021.

As Labor Day approaches and the roads become busier with people wanting to get away, Safe Communities wants to remind people to be safe on the roads. If you plan to drink outside your home, have a plan to get home safely by having a designated driver, calling a cab or staying the night where you are drinking.

Wayne and Holmes Safe Communities Coalitions are operated through a grant by Anazao Community Partners. The coalitions are made up of representatives from law enforcement, county engineers, ODOT, fire and EMS departments, schools, OneEighty, Children and Family First Council, other community partners, and concerned citizens who care about safety.

Due to COVID, Safe Communities has not been able to get its messages out in the communities through various events such as the fairs, but work still has been going on to continue to emphasize safety on the roads. In addition to the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” message, it also promotes seat-belt safety through “Click It or Ticket,” not driving distracted through “Stay Alive — Don’t Text and Drive,” and motorcycle safety through “Look Out for Motorcycles.”

If you would like more information on Safe Communities, visit the Facebook pages: Wayne County Safe Communities and Holmes County Safe Communities.

If you are struggling with a substance issue, call Anazao Community Partners at 330-264-9597 or OneEighty at 330-264-8498. Beth McCready, the coordinator of the Wayne and Holmes Safe Communities, can be emailed at mccreadyb@anazaocommunitypartners.org.