Ohio Department of Transportation  •  News Release
Division of Communications
1980 West Broad Street • Columbus, Ohio 43223

Local Teacher School Gets A+ as Winner
of ODOT School Traffic Safety Contest
LOWELL, OHIO (May, 29, 2012) – Lowell Elementary Donna Hibbs earned an A+ in walking and bicycling traffic safety from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and received (prize) as a regional winner in its “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe” School Safety Contest.
On behalf of Lowell Elementary School,  Donna Hibbs submitted  information about the monthly safety meetings the students hold for the contest and was awarded $500 to be used for tools or equipment that supports bicycling and walking safety education.
Projects were judged on creativity, level of student participation, knowledge of walking and bicycle safety practices, and positive impact on the local school environment. Schools, teachers and students from (list area counties) competed.
The contest is part of the “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe” statewide Ohio Safe Routes to School educational campaign aimed at reducing the number of crashes within two miles of a school.
“Our aim is to improve safety through engineering, enforcement and evaluation,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We believe that a grassroots education program is also needed to encourage  safer behaviors.”
There were 11,734 bicycle and pedestrian-related crashes that occurred near Ohio K-8 schools resulting in 244 fatalities and 7,350 injuries between 2008 and 2010.
“Peer-to peer programs, like our “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe” school contest, are an excellent way to instill safety techniques with the ultimate goal of reducing crashes,” said (Deputy Director Name).
The Ohio Department of Transportation selected 36 winners – teachers, students and schools – from all over Ohio. The ODOT All-Ohio Show Choir launched the contest with a first-of-its-kind, award-winning, hip hop-style educational video that improved students’ safety knowledge. Ohio’s First Lady, Karen Waldbillig Kasich, is the ambassador for the Ohio Safe Routes to School program.
“As the mother of school age children, I encourage everyone to make traveling safely to school a top priority,” said Mrs. Kasich. “Talk to your students. Set good examples of safe walking, bicycling and driving behavior and stay alert when traveling in or around school zones.”
The new, “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe” educational campaign represents the agency’s largest,  most comprehensive effort to-date to educate people about school traffic safety.
For more information contact:
Melissa Ayers, Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640
or Brenna Slavens District 10 Communications, 740-568-3904