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Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition: It is up to us to choose to make area roads safer

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Additional law enforcement will be patrolling until Nov. 29

Staff Reports

LIMA – To prevent serious or fatal injury crashes, local law enforcement agencies in Allen County will be out over the long Thanksgiving holiday in full force enforcing traffic laws, including seat belt use, impaired driving, speeding as well as other risky behaviors.

We can each choose to make this safe Thanksgiving, not only for ourselves, but for everyone else with whom we share the road.

Choose to use a seatbelt; it is the best protection against death or serious injury in a crash. When worn correctly, seat belts are proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45 percent and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs, and minivans. During 2014, nine people died in nine fatal crashes in Allen County; however, 28 people were vehicle occupants in those fatal crashes. Of the nine fatalities, six chose not to use appropriate safety equipment. Of the 17 vehicle occupants, 78% chose to wear a seatbelt, avoiding serious or even fatal injury.

  • If you choose to drink . . .choose not to drive;
  • Choose to plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
  • Before drinking, choose to designate a non-drinking driver;
  • If you’re impaired, choose to call for a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, choose to call law enforcement;
  • And remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive, or ride a motorcycle, while impaired, choose to take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.