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Ohio Chapter to Sponsor Mahoning Safe Communities

The National Safety Council, Ohio Chapter announced today the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) awarded $65,000 in federal traffic safety funding to Mahoning Safe Communities for federal fiscal year 2016.

The funds are passed through OTSO from the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and focus on traffic safety priority areas.  In the past three years, Mahoning County’s roadway fatalities have steadily decreased.  There were 17 traffic-related fatalities in Mahoning County in 2014, which was down from 21 in 2013 and 24 in 2012.  Year to date, Mahoning County’s traffic-related fatalities are, on average, the same as the past two years.  Currently, Mahoning County has 15 traffic-related fatalities. Safe Communities is working to continue the trend to reduce traffic fatalities in Mahoning County.

“Partnerships are critical to the long-term success of any safety effort and we are committed to working with law enforcement and other local and state partners to address traffic safety concerns in Mahoning County”, said Susan Viars, Mahoning Safe Communities Coordinator.  “These funds will help ensure that we can dedicate time and personnel to these efforts.”

To save lives and improve the quality of life for our citizens, Safe Communities will use the grant funds to carry out education and awareness on seat belts, impaired driving, motorcycles, and distracted driving.

Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed by OTSO.  The FFY 2016 competitive grant process solicited 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).  More information about the OTSO and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways can be found on  http://ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio.gov/.



Now, a free online resource developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help you find out at www.safercar.gov. On May 19, 2015 NHTSA issued a consent order to Takata to address the problem with over 33 million vehicles with possible defective air bags.  Not all vehicles have been identified but it would be wise to enter your vehicles (VIN) Vehicle Identification Number at the website to be notified when this or other recalls are announced.

If a vehicle has a safety recall that needs to be addressed, the site will provide an information box with a summary of the recall, the safety risk that is involved and an explanation of how owners can take the next step to have the recall fixed for free by the vehicle's manufacturer. If a vehicle is not affected, owners will see "No Open Recalls" after submitting their VIN information. 

Drivers can find their VIN by looking at the dashboard on the driver's side of the vehicle, or on the post of the driver's side door. Insurance cards and insurance bills also contain VIN information.



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