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Health department earns $35,000 grant for community safety

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Nov 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM

In October, Huron County Public Health (HCPH) was awarded $35,000 for continued funding of the Safe Communities Grant.

The monies are part of a federal grant awarded through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The mission is to save lives and reduce injuries on Ohio 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 county.

The role of the Huron County Fatal Crash Review Committee is to:

• Review each fatal and/or serious injury crash that occurs in the 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; and motorcycle Awareness

• 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, such as “Click It or Ticket” (May 2019) and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” (August 2019)

The committee and coalition will hold quarterly meetings starting in January.

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