Carrollton and Indian Valley Get A+ as Winners of ODOT School Traffic Safety Contest
NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO (May 23, 2012) – Carrollton and Indian Valley Middle Schools earned an A+ in walking and bicycling traffic safety from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and are receiving prizes as regional winners in its “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe” school safety contest.
The winning entries demonstrate bicycle safety and safe routes to schools whether students walk or bike.
On behalf of Indian Valley Middle School, Principal Brent Carter submitted a giant student-created poster for the contest and was awarded $1,000 to be used for tools or equipment that supports bicycling and walking safety education.
Carrollton’s 5th Grade classroom led by teacher Art Glenn also received a $1,000 award for producing multiple videos and a five-page Web site on bike safety. Additionally, two of Mr. Glenn’s students that produced one of the videos submitted won brand new Trek bikes. Students Diana Luyster and Miranda Stonemetz will be presented with their new bikes from ODOT on Friday, May 25th just in time for summer vacation.
Projects were judged on creativity, level of student participation, knowledge of walking and bicycle safety practices, and positive impact on the local school environment. In eastern Ohio, schools, teachers and students from Tuscarawas and Carroll 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 ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam. “Many Ohio students and their schools, teachers and families are learning how to stay safe on Ohio roads – whether traveling by heels or wheels.”
ODOT 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 “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:
Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101
or Lauren Holdsworth, ODOT District 11 Communications Office, at 330-308-7817