In Ohio nearly 3 people lose their lives in traffic related crashes each day — loved ones and friends whose lives are tragically cut short. In Butler County, our Safe Communities initiative strives to reduce traffic related crashes and fatalities through public awareness and community coalition building. The Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio is the fiscal agent for Butler County Safe Communities.
The Butler County Safe Communities coalition is made up of representatives from law enforcement, healthcare, schools, traffic engineering, businesses, and community members interested in traffic crash prevention. The Coalition is open to everyone. All are welcome. Coalition efforts are funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Butler County motor vehicle crash data is used to determine areas of focus. Grant goals include review of fatal crashes, promoting national traffic safety campaigns, reducing alcohol/drug related motor vehicle deaths, increasing seat belt usage, promoting motor cycle and pedestrian safety, and raising awareness of distracted driving.
The Coalition participates in local community fairs and events to raise awareness of traffic safety campaigns including Click It of Ticket, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, and other national, state, and local traffic safety messages. We work closely with schools to promote seat belt use, sober driving, and the dangers of distracted driving. Our Look For Motorcycles campaign partners with motorcyclists to raise awareness of motorcycle safety among riders and drivers. Quarterly Safe Communities brings together traffic engineers, law enforcement, and health and safety advocates to review butler county motor vehicle related deaths and look for trends and/or prevention opportunities.
Funded by the U.S. DOT/NHTSA and ODPS/OCJS, the Butler County OVI Task Force is made up of law enforcement agencies in Butler County. Its goal is to reduce impaired driving through sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. Safe Communities partners closely with the OVI Task Force to support enforcement efforts with prevention and awareness campaigns. For more information about the Task Force, email Pete Reising at firstname.lastname@example.org