Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
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July 13, 2018
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July 13, 2018

PRESS RELEASE                                                               CONTACT: HALEY RUSSO (440) 350-2844
July 13, 2017                                                                    LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT

LAKE COUNTY TRAFFIC FATALITY UPDATE

The Lake County Safe Communities Coalition (LCSCC) reports that there have been seven fatal deaths due to crashes in 2018 in Lake County, six of which occurred in the 2nd quarter (April-June). The causes of the crashes were:

• Operating in negligent manner (2)
• Improper crossing
• Failure to stop at a stop sign
• Failure to yield
• Improper lane change
• Lying illegally in roadway

Of the crashes reported, three are suspected to be alcohol and/or drug related. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to be safe whenever they are behind the wheel, and that all motorists can play a role in keeping the roadways safe by never driving while impaired and designating a sober driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,497 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2016. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2012 to 2016—one person killed every 50 minutes in 2016. That’s the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each year, with no survivors. This is why the Lake County Safe Communities Coalition is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out for your night, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

The LCSCC and NHTSA recommend the following safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

• Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you have had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
• Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for IOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
• If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local police department
• Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

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Marianne Rusnak
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