(Dover, Ohio) – From January 1, 2020 – June 22, 2020, the State Highway Patrol reports a total of 802 vehicle crashes investigated in Tuscarawas County. Of the 802 crashes investigated, Tuscarawas County has experienced 7 fatal crashes with 9 crash fatalities. In 2019 Tuscarawas County experienced a total of 9 fatal crashes with 10 fatalities.
“The statistics in Tuscarawas County show us that speed, OVI, and seatbelt non-compliance were the top contributing factors in the seven fatal crashes,” explained Kelly Snyder, Safe Communities Program Coordinator for the Tuscarawas County Health Department. “So far in 2020, 50% of our traffic fatalities were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash and speed was a contributing factor in 71% of the crashes.” Two of the fatal crashes involved motorcycles which accounted for 3 fatalities. Helmets were not worn in either of the crashes.
Working to share educational messages to promote traffic safety is a function of The Safe Communities Coalition, which is comprised of partners from various agencies and organizations in Tuscarawas County. “I am thankful for each partner and their commitment to traffic safety in Tuscarawas County. The success of Safe Communities’ traffic safety efforts relies heavily on our partners and the different perspectives they bring to the table,” said Snyder.
Safe Communities conducts traffic safety media campaigns, coordinates events and activities, and distributes educational materials to help prevent fatal traffic crashes and injuries from occurring in Tuscarawas County. In 2019, Safe Communities of Tuscarawas County reached over 6,000 people through outreach at more than 25 events throughout the County. Some events included working in many of the local high schools to educate youth about the importance of safe driving. The group also spent time educating the driving population of Tuscarawas County on impaired driving, seatbelt use, distracted driving, and motorcycle awareness.
On August 26th, 2020 members of the Safe Communities Coalition will be meeting to review the traffic fatalities from the second quarter of 2020 to identify any trends or measures that can be taken to prevent future traffic fatalities in our County. If you would like to know more about the Safe Communities project, please visit http://www. tchdnow.org/safe-communities.
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