The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTSO) awarded $65,000 in federal traffic safety funding to Lorain County Public Health for federal fiscal year 2018. The grant funds are used to improve traffic safety efforts across Lorain County with a focus on seat belt use, impaired driving, motorcycle safety, and young drivers.
With a mission aligned to the grant’s focus, for over 25 years the Lorain County Safe Community Coalition has worked to reduce injuries and deaths on Lorain County roads through its members from businesses, law enforcement, the OVI Taskforce, healthcare, and residents. Also conducted through the Coalition is the Lorain County Fatality Review Committee that meets quarterly to review vehicle crashes in which people died, and to identify trends and possible interventions to prevent future crashes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration passes these grant funds through OTSO to support the efforts of safety partners statewide. OTSO accepts and reviews competitive local grant proposals. This year, the competitive grant process solicited grant proposals from state agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities, hospitals, political subdivisions, and other interested groups within selected Ohio counties and jurisdictions (based upon the number of fatal crashes in their communities).
If you are interested in getting involved, please call 440-322-6367 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Lorain County Public Health partners with WE BIKE, etc. to assist with the implementation of a Pedestrian and Bicycle Law Enforcement Training Program to help improve pedestrian and bicycle safety across Lorain, Richland, and Lucas county. The training program, a partnership between bicycle advocacy and local law enforcement, provides police departments with the following state and national pedestrian and bicycle safety/education materials and training at no cost:
Pedestrian and bicycle safety roll call videos (see below)
These resources are part of a continuum of training, leading up to a series of in person seminars meant to enhance the skills of law enforcement professionals in relation to laws to help prevent bicyclist and pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
Below are the training opportunities taking place in 2018.
As a component of the law enforcement training program Lorain County Public Health, Richland County Health, and the YMCA of Greater Toledo are hosting a two-day Enforcement for Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety course taught by Peter Flucke of WE BIKE. In the training, officers will learn the what, where, when, how, who & why of walking and bicycling; components of the Highway Safety Triangle; pedestrian and bicycle environment audits; how pedestrian & bicycle crashes happen; pedestrian & bicycle laws; crash investigating & reporting; potential law enforcement partners; and more. This course is appropriate for all law enforcement officers. Training details are below:
Date: Monday, April 30th – Tuesday, May 1st
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: FREE, paid for by Lorain County Public Health, Richland County Public Health, & the YMCA of Greater Toledo
Place: City of Norwalk Parks and Recreation (100 Republic St. Norwalk, OH 44857)
Registration Deadline: April 10, 2018
You are required to attend both days of the training.
The following videos are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and provide a brief overview for effectively enforcing laws to maximize bicycle and pedestrian safety. They are meant to be shared during police roll-call.
This list of state and national resources for pedestrian and bicycle safety materials can be useful for police officers when making traffic stops, school visits, or interacting with the walking, bicycling and motoring public. All these materials are available online at no cost. You can download the list here: Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Resources.
Please click here to download the instructions for accessing the CDRom self-paced, computer-based trainings from NHTSA. Once you have the instructions downloaded, videos can be accessed via dropbox by clicking here.
Funding for the Enforcement for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Seminar is paid for in part by Communities Preventing Chronic Disease, operated through Lorain County Public Health and Richland Public Health with funding provided by the Ohio Department of Health through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.