Make sure you click it to avoid a ticket

| May 20, 2015

COSHOCTON – Bridget and Christi Olinger were special guests who put a personal touch on the Coshocton County Safe Communities Coalition Click It or Ticket kick-off held May 20, at the Coshocton County Senior Center.

“In February Bridget’s car went off the side of the road and flipped over,” Christi said. “She wasn’t wearing her seat belt and ended up flopping around in the car. Because of the fantastic help from emergency crews in this county she is still able to walk and Bridget is now a poster child for wearing a seat belt. She was always my stubborn one, but this has changed all that.”

From May 18-31, state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation are stepping up enforcement to crack down on motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belts.

“When you leave today I hope you also encourage your family and friends to buckle up,” said Christy Mosier, who is the Safe Communities Coalition Coordinator. “Make it a rule that you won’t transport them unless they do and make sure they are aware you’re doing that because you care about them.”

Statistics show that in 2012 seat belts helped save an estimated 12,174 people from dying and from 2008 to 2012 they saved nearly 63,000 lives.

“Seat belts are the single most effective way to reduce fatalities in vehicle crashes,” said Coshocton County Commissioner Dane Shryock. “We encourage all citizens, whether they are driving or riding on our roadways, to wear their seat belts.”

Shryock and fellow county commissioners Curtis Lee, and Gary Fischer were present to give the coalition a proclamation declaring the Coshocton County Click It or Ticket Mobilization in Coshocton County. Event speakers also included Coshocton County Sheriff Tim Rogers, Lt. Matt Boyd from the Ohio State Highway Patrol-Zanesville Post and Mosier. People who attend the event had the opportunity to win several $25 gas cards and coupons for free pizza made possible by a donation from the Coshocton Jr. Women’s Club and Dominos of Coshocton.

“If you didn’t buckle up when you came here today we hope you do when you leave,” Mosier said. “We want you to be able to come to the center again tomorrow with your family and friends.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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