Traffic Safety

 

 

The goal of the Traffic Safety Program is to reduce deaths, injuries, and costs associated with motor vehicle crashes. Education, enforcement, and engineering are the key components in achieving the program’s goal. Increasing seat belt usage and reducing alcohol-related crashes are priorities every year along with senior driver safety, reducing heavy truck crashes and reducing underage access to alcohol.

The Traffic Safety Program is funded by federal grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the National Highway Safety Administration and Ohio Department of Public Safety. 

 

Traffic Safety Program Coordinator
Jamie Blazevich
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
4955 Seaman Road
Oregon OH 43616
Telephone: 419.698.4049
Email: jblazevich@esclakeeriewest.org

 

Administrative Services Consultant
Robert Pfefferle​
​Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Blvd.
Toledo, OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246.3083

 

 

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2016 Annual Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


"How do we stop from texting and driving?"

 

Click here for a printable PDF of the above document. 

 


Take the Pledge Not to Text and Drive

 

Did you know?

 

Those who text and drive are 23x more likely to be involved in a car accident!

 

Take the pledge now by visiting:  www.itcanwait.com/pledge

 

 


For more information about Distracted Driving visit:  http://www.distraction.gov/

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

 

 


 

Going out after work?  Going to a party or out to the bars?

Be Responsible and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS

 

 

  • During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May - and during the rest of the year - drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.
     
  • Road users should never drive, bike, or walk while distracted.  Doing so can result in tragic consequences for all on the road, including motorcyclists.
     
  • A motorcyclist has the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as any other motorist on the roadway.
     
  • Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width. Though it may seem as if there is enough room in a single lane for a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, looks can be deceiving. Do not share the lane: a motorcyclist needs room to maneuver safely.  
     
  • Because motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles, they can be difficult to see. Their size can also cause other drivers to misjudge their speed and distance.
     
  • Size also counts against motorcycles when it comes to blind spots. Motorcyclists can be easily hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Always look for motorcycles by checking your mirrors and blind spots before switching to another lane of traffic.
     
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate your movement and find a safe lane position.
     
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle—it may not be self-canceling and the motorcyclist may have forgotten to turn it off. Wait to be sure the rider is going to turn before you proceed.
  • Allow more follow distance – three or four seconds – when following a motorcycle; this gives the motorcycle rider more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Motorcycle riders may suddenly need to change speed or adjust lane position to avoid hazards such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement.

 


Helmet Use

Use of DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets decreased to 60 percent in 2012, down from 66 percent in 2011, based on the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS). The decrease was most significant among motorcycle passengers, decreasing from 64 percent in 2011 to 46 percent in 2012.  In 2012, 41 percent of fatally injured motorcycle riders and 53 percent of fatally injured motorcycle passengers were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.


For more information about Motorcycle Safety through the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West visit:  Motorcycle Safety

 

For a list of Motorcycle Classes visit:  ODPS - Motorcycle Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Anytime Soon?! 

 

Put safety before the party/celebration and always designate a non-drinking driver BEFORE

the celebration begins to ensure everyone arrives home safely.

 

Hosting parties responsibly by offering mocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages,

and by providing alternate transportation or accommodations for guests who have been drinking.

 

Get more safe party tips at safeparty.

 

 

 

 

 

Coalition Members
 


 

Captain Don Atkinson
Lucas County Sheriff’s Office

Zandra Anthony
University of Toledo Medical Center, Trauma Department

Deb Chany
Sylvania Community Action Team

Frank Arvay, LEL
Ohio Traffic Safety Office

Mary Bell
Sylvania Township Police Department

Christine Davis
St. Charles Hospital Trauma Department

Sgt. Ed Depinet
Oregon Police Department

Tom Dorn
AARP

Don Draper
Safety Director, Mizar Motors and Heidtman Steel

Lt. Hank Everitt
Oregon Police Department

Kristen Gardner
Toledo Hospital

Dave Goodman
AARP

Terry Kirkham
Pro Medica Trauma Services

Nicole Knepper
Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center Trauma Department

Lt. Matt Luettke
Lucas County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Danilynn Miller
Sylvania Police Department

Deanna Montanaro
University of Toledo

Kenan Mylander
Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Trauma Dept.

Kelly O’Riordan
Toledo Children’s Hospital

Lt. Shaun Robinson
State Highway Patrol

Chris Schultz
Mercy St. Vincent Life Flight

Sara Seegert
Toledo Hospital Trauma Services

Mike Stock
ABATE of Ohio

Gary Stookey, P.E.
City of Toledo Transportation

Sgt. Tim Stratton
Maumee Police Department

Lt. Jeff Sulewski
Toledo Police Department

Deputy Rob Sweeney
Lucas County Sheriff’s Office

Gina Veres
Toledo Children’s Hospital Outreach Department

Chris Waterfield
ODOT District 2

Sgt. Clarence Whalen
Sylvania Township Police Department

Charles Williams
University of Toledo

Kelvin Williams
Ohio Traffic Safety Office

 

 

 

 Lucas County Operating Vehicles Intoxicated (OVI) Task Force

The OVI Task Force conducts checkpoints in Lucas County, which are paid for through the

OVI Task Force Grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 


Injury Data Review Committee 

This committee reviews the crashes that involved injuries that occurred in Lucas County

between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.    

 


Fatal Crash Data Review Committee

This committee reviews the fatal crashes and fatalities that occurred in Lucas County

between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.    

 

 

 

If you would like to be part of the Traffic Safety Coalition, contact:

 

Jamie Blazevich

Traffic Safety Program Coordinator
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
4955 Seaman Road
Oregon OH 43616
Telephone: 419.698.4049
Email: jblazevich@esclakeeriewest.org

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Walleye Hockey Games

 

 

 What:  Join us as we will be bringing awareness about the importance of

Traffic Safety at the Walleye Game!  

 

 When:   Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 10:35 a.m. Start Time

AND
 

        Saturday, January 28, 2017  - 7:15 p.m. Start Time

 

 

Interested in having Lucas County Traffic Safety Present at your
School, Group, Organization or Company?

 

Contact us!

 

Traffic Safety Program Coordinator

Jamie Blazevich

Telephone: 419.698.4049

Email: jblazevich@esclakeeriewest.org

 

 

 

For more information about End Distracted Driving - Click Here

 

 

 

 

Join Alpha Kappa Psi and Traffic Safety as we take on our second annual event on substance abuse.

Tod Crandell, the founder of Race for Recovery, will be telling us the many ups and downs he has had in his life.

The Hoeflinger's will join us and show a video on their son that died at the age of 18 a mile away from their home do to drinking and driving.

You will have the chance to experience the ROTC carts, enjoy some free food, and enter into a raffle for some amazing prizes!

 

A Text Changed HIS Life!

 

AT&T - Fletcher Cleaves from Miles Jay on Vimeo.

 


2016 Click It Or Ticket Campaign Video

 

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It Affects YOU!

The below video was produced by individuals in Clay High School's VCOM class.

 This video won them 2nd place at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) State competition

and will travel to National Competition in May.

 

 

 

 

Take the Pledge Not to Text and Drive

 

Tell family and friends to text: WAIT LucasCountyTrafficSafety to 50555   (Include the WAIT and space before LucasCountyTrafficSafety)  

From now through October 31st, tell friends and family to text WAIT (then a space) LucasCountyTrafficSafety to 50555. Each text will count as a pledge, and at the end of the contest, the team that has generated the most pledges to not drive distracted will be awarded with the AT&T It Can Wait Virtual Reality Simulator for a day, or awarded the opportunity to recommend a non-profit with a safe driving program to receive a $5,000 donation from AT&T.

 

 

Help us win $5,000 from AT&T - Join the fight to end distracted driving! Text WAIT LucasCountyTrafficSafety to 50555 to take the pledge.
Make sure you include the WAIT (include the space) then LucasCountyTrafficSafety! #itcanwait

 

 

Those who text and drive are 23x more likely to be involved in a car accident!

 

Take the pledge now by visiting:  www.itcanwait.com/pledge

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving — Holiday Edition

 

Authorities to target DUIs over holidays -

 

The Toledo Blade Article

Channel 11 Coverage

 

 

 


Don't Be A Turkey This Thanksgiving;
Seat Belts And Sober Driving Are Main Ingredients To A Safe Holiday  

 

Black Wednesday/Thanksgiving Press Release

 


 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Press Event Coverage

 

DSGPO Press Event Video

 

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Press Release - 3rd Quarter Fatal Crash Update

 

Press Release

 


Media Coverage for "Stay Alive Don't Text and Drive"


Channel 24 Media Coverage


Media coverage for Click it or Ticket Campaign Kick-off Event

 

Channel 24 Click It Or Ticket Video

 

Click It Or Ticket Safe Communities Kick-off Event Picture Video

 

Tween Seat Belt Safety—It’s Non-Negotiable

 


Media coverage for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Kick off 

 

Channel 11 WTOL Motorcycle Safety Awareness Article

 

Channel 24 NBC Motorcycle Safety Awareness Video


Media Coverage for Prom/Graduation Season Activities

 

Toledo Blade "Ghost Out Day" Article

 

 

 

Traffic Safety Program Coordinator
Jamie Blazevich
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
4955 Seaman Road
Oregon OH 43616
Telephone: 419.698.4049
Email: jblazevich@esclakeeriewest.org

 

Administrative Services Consultant
Robert Pfefferle​
​Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Blvd.
Toledo, OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246.3083

 

Find us on Facebook:  safecommunitiesoflucascounty/#

 

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Bringing Awareness to Traffic Safety Topics and Having FUN!

 

 

 

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