For Immediate Release
November 20, 2014
SAFETY COALITION DELIVERS SOBERING MESSAGE
Safe and Sober not Sorry
DELAWARE – (NEW) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) along with the Delaware County Safe Communities-Safe Kids Coalition are delivering a safety message this holiday season as the group honors the memory of loved ones lost in traffic crashes.
Last year, 11 people were killed on our Delaware County roadways. So far this year, 12 people have already died as a result of vehicle crashes.
“To see that we have surpassed last year’s number even before the holidays and busy travel season begins is very disappointing,” said Ferzan M. Ahmed, ODOT District 6 Deputy Director. “We must work together through education and enforcement to keep our loved ones safe.”
The number one cause of those fatal crashes remains speed. “We keep losing lives from unsafe speeds, following too closely and not changing lanes properly,”said Sgt. Geoff Freeman, Ohio State Highway Patrol. “While alcohol and drugs continue to be contributing factors, half of those killed in crashes in Delaware County last year were not wearing their seatbelts.”
November and December are some of the busiest travel times with more and more Ohioans driving to friends and family.
There is always another option to driving under the influence. “Drinking and driving is a bad combination, not worth the risk to yourself or others,”said Delaware County Prosecutor, Carol O’Brien. “Celebrate responsibly for a safe and happy holiday season.”
The Delaware County Safe Communities-Safe Kids Coalition has put 11 wreaths with a single red bow on display in front of the ODOT District 6 offices at 400 E. William Street. Each wreath represents a person killed in a crash on a Delaware roadway in the last year.
The 10-foot wooden display not only honors the lives lost in the last year but serve sas a reminder to drive safe and sober for the those you love.
The memorial wreath display is presented in collaboration with the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office, Delaware County Juvenile Court, Delaware General Health District, Drug-Free Delaware, Amy Ward Farmer’s Insurance, Delaware Police Department, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Realtor Amy Bean, Village Communities and Dr. James