In October, Huron County Public Health (HCPH) was awarded $35,000.00 for continued funding of the Safe Communities Grant; a federal grant awarded through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The grant’s mission is to save lives and reduce injuries on Ohio’s roads through leadership and partnering efforts. To achieve this goal, HCPH will continue to work with law enforcement, schools, government agencies, engineers, service organizations, health and medical fields, businesses, media, county/community leaders and others interested in improving traffic safety in the county. These partners make up the Huron County Fatal Review Committee and Huron County Safe Communities Coalition, which play an important role in addressing traffic safety issues in the Huron County.
The role of the Huron County Fatal Crash Review Committee is to:
Review each fatal and/or serious injury crash that occurs in Huron County each quarter;
Look at the elements of each crash and determine if certain trends or patterns can be identified;
Report trends or patterns and how these trends will affect future programming.
The role of the Huron County Safe Communities Coalition is to:
Strive to establish community ownership and support for traffic safety related programs;
Organize events to promote Traffic Safety through education, promotion, prevention and enforcement of safe driving practices. Events will focus on:
Impaired driving/alcohol-related fatal crashes
Seat belt usage /”Click It or Ticket” initiative
Review trends or patterns of fatal and serious/injury crashes as determined by the Huron County Fatality Review Board;
Assist with the development and participate in two “kick-off” events
Click It or Ticket (May 2019)
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (August 2019)
The Huron County Fatal Crash Review Committee and Huron County Safe Communities Coalition will hold quarterly meetings starting in January 2019. HCPH is excited to continue work on the Safe Communities Grant and looks forward to making an impact on the traffic safety of Huron County.