The Safe Communities grant continues to address unintentional injuries that are related to traffic crashes. Seat belt usage in Greene County continues to improve. In 2012, 79.85% of drivers in Greene County were observed wearing their seat belts; a slight increase from 75% in 2011. Passenger seat belt use, however, seemed to decrease from 91% in 2011 to 87.25% in 2012. Seat belt usage saves lives and the Safe Communities Coalition continues to help the law enforcement agencies pass on this important message. The new texting law in Ohio is also another area where our coordinator is focusing efforts, particularly with our newest drivers in Greene County.
The Health District is partnering with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department in promoting the STOPPED (Sheriffs Telling Our Parents and Promoting Educated Drivers) program in Greene County. This is a voluntary parental notification system adopted by the Greene county Sheriff’s Office to help reduce the number of young drivers involved in motor vehicles accidents. Crashes are the leading killer among young people under age 25. Parents can register at the Sheriff’s Department or call the Health District for an application.
Safe Communities partners with the local Ohio State Patrol post and all local law enforcement agencies, and the Coalition is always seeking new resources and contacts to be part of not only the Coalition, but also for various projects taken on by the Coalition. Safe Communities can be found at many local festivals, as well as the Greene County Fair promoting traffic safety including but not limited to motorcycle safety, restraint use, distracted/impaired/aggressive driving, rural driving and senior adult driving skills.
Greene County Safe Communities Coalition continues to be an active force in the county and strives to uphold the commitment of keeping Greene county residents safe while on the road. Meetings are held bimonthly at the Greene County Combined Health District, located at 360 Wilson Drive in Xenia. All meetings are held at 9 am
The meetings for 2017 will be held on the following dates:
- February 15
- April 19
- June 21
- August 16
- October 18
- December 20