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Coshocton County Health Department receives traffic safety grant

| October 8, 2014

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton County Health Department is pleased to report that they have received a $25,000 Safe Communities traffic safety grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Safe Communities is a national concept and proven strategy to reduce the impact of traffic crashes by coordinating traffic safety programs and resources through a local coalition.

Christy Mosier, coordinator, reports that the Coshocton County Safe Communities Coalition will include many community partners such as public health, education, emergency services, law enforcement, engineering, businesses, civic and non-profit organizations, and local government, working together on five primary goals. Coalition goals include:

• Increasing seat belt usage

• Reducing impaired and distracted driving

• Increasing motorcycle safety awareness

• Reducing traffic crashes by reviewing local crash data and prioritizing areas in greatest need of attention

• Promoting and encouraging cooperative traffic safety efforts through the Safe Communities Coalition

Between the years of 2011-2013 there were 18 fatal crashes and 56 serious injuries in Coshocton County.

“Those numbers aren’t just statistics, they represent our neighbors, friends, and loved ones,” Mosier said. She added that education and traffic enforcement will be key factors in reducing the number of injuries and fatalities in the county.

The first Safe Communities Coalition meeting is scheduled for later this month and will include an overview of Safe Communities and a discussion on future projects and activities. For information, contact Mosier at 295-7373 and also be sure to “like” Coshocton County Safe Communities on Facebook.

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