Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
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May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                     CONTACT: MICHELLE HART (440) 350-2464

May 24, 2017                                                                                                             LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT



The Lake County Safe Communities Coalition, in collaboration with the Painesville Farmers Market and law enforcement partners, will hold its local Click It or Ticket Campaign Kickoff on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Veterans Park, 1 Liberty Street in Painesville. The presentation will take place at the gazebo. Speakers include Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti, Lieutenant Charles Gullett of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Chief Anthony Powalie of Painesville City Police Department, and Sheriff Daniel Dunlap or a representative from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

“Currently Lake County has two traffic fatalities in 2017 and both were unrestrained. The focus of the Click It or Ticket Campaign is to bring awareness to the importance of seat belt usage, as many know the dangers but still refuse to buckle-up,” says Lake County Safe Communities Coalition Coordinator Michelle Hart. Painesville Police Chief Anthony Powalie adds, “Safety is planned for and injuries are preventable”.

Click It or Ticket is a national enforcement mobilization that will be taking place across the country May 22 – June 4, 2017. The Click It or Ticket program began in North Carolina in 1993, which later expanded to include eight states in a regional campaign in 2001. Ohio became involved in a national pilot program in 2002 and, as of 2004, all States and U.S. territories participate in Click It or Ticket annually. The mobilization is supported by national and local paid advertising and earned media campaigns aimed at raising awareness. The primary audience continues to be men ages 18 to 34, which research shows are less likely to wear seat belts.

In addition to the presentation, Lake County Safe Communities Coalition will be hosting a booth at the Farmers Market, engaging shoppers with the Seatbelt Safety Prize Wheel and providing a lunchtime snack. During the Farmers Market, Barrio Food Truck will be serving lunch and vendors such as Middle Ridge Gardens, Carhops Burger Sauce, Rainbow Farms, Backattack Almonds will be selling items. All news media, public officials and the general public are invited to attend.


Marianne Rusnak
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