Since 1989, the Safe Communities Coalition (SCC) has worked to reduce injuries and deaths on Lorain County roads through community initiatives that involve engineering, enforcement and education. SCC members represent businesses, law enforcement, healthcare agencies, local and state engineering offices, insurance agencies, and Lorain County residents. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) coordinates and conducts SCC with our dedicated partners. To prevent traffic-related injuries and deaths, we:
Make it a habit - wear your seat belt every trip, every time - and make sure all passengers are buckled before you put the car in drive. Schedule a car seat appointment. Spread the word with Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time campaign materials.
Buckle Up for a Cup and Buckle Up for Burgers are interactive community-awareness activities. Throughout the year, we partner with local Dunkin Donuts and McDonald’s locations to encourage unsuspecting drive-thru customers to buckle up. Buckled customers are rewarded with a coupon for a free hamburger, apple slices, or cup of coffee. Unbuckled customers will get a reminder from a member of the SCC. Buckle up and you might be rewarded!
The Buckle Up Bowl is a student-led competition that empowers high school students to impact the driving habits of their classmates, friends, and family. Students compete for most improved seat belt rate, most creative campaign, and best buckled high school in Lorain County. This initiative takes place annually in the spring.
Sober driving makes a difference for everyone who calls Lorain County home. It reduces injury, crashes and costs. Driving impaired can lead to hefty fines, legal fees, missed work, death, grief for loved ones, car insurance rate increases, vehicle repair costs and medical bills. If you choose to drink alcohol outside your home, keep everyone on Lorain County roads safe:
Since 2001, SCC has hosted the annual Zero Proof Mix Off competition. Hundreds of people attend to sample zero-proof concoctions and take home a recipe book to mix up sober options during the holiday party season. The event provides a unique and effective opportunity to connect with potential clients and customers while supporting safe driving behaviors. All drink recipes from participating mixer groups will be featured in a Party Drinks for Designated Drivers Recipe Book – free to pick up at the event and from local Discount Drug Mart locations following the event. The event’s purpose is to increase awareness of sober driving and zero-proof holiday drink options. There is no registration fee to enter a drink, and no cost to attend. Download Party Drinks for Designated Drivers from past Zero Proof Mix Off events:
Does your establishment or event serve or sell alcohol? SCC can provide customized bathroom posters and zero-proof menus at no cost. Use your own zero-proof recipes or choose some from the Zero Proof Designated Driver Recipe Books.
Contact us at healthed@LorainCountyHealth.com to order customized materials.
Any non-driving activity that happens in a vehicle increases the risk of being in a crash. Dangerous distractions include eating, reading, changing the music, putting on makeup, checking social media, texting, responding to emails, and making phone calls. Driving distracted can cause crashes that result in injury, death, embarrassment, fines, legal fees, car insurance rate increases, medical costs, and repair bills. Tips to drive focused:
The Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest hosted annually by State Farm® and the SCC. This Contest challenges Lorain County high school students to create a billboard design to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. A panel of judges will choose a first place winner and a runner-up based on: creativity, originality, and how well the design communicates the importance of driving focused. The first place winning student receives a gift card prize, and the winning design will be featured on Lorain County billboards. The referring teacher of the winning student receives a gift card prize for their school for classroom improvements and the runner-up receives a gift card prize.
When it comes to safe roads and creating safer communities, we encourage drivers to share the road. It's important that drivers give extra attention to watch out for people who travel by foot, bicycle and motorcycle. However you travel in Lorain County, know and follow the rules of road. Check out these tips:
Learn more about how LCPH works with partners to make it easier and safer to walk and bike in Lorain County.
Contact us at healthed@LorainCountyHealth.com. Check out our Safe Routes to School and Healthy Places Grant pages to learn more about how LCPH helps to better the environment to make the healthy choice the easy choice.