Statement of the National Safety Council Ohio Chapter and the National Safety Council Testimony Supporting HB 74 February 16, 2021

The National Safety Council (NSC) and the National Safety Council Ohio Chapter encourages you to support the distracted driving provisions in HB 74, which would ban the handheld use of mobile devices while driving. NSC and the Ohio Chapter are nonprofit organizations with the mission of eliminating preventable deaths from the workplace to any place through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Our 15,500 member companies represent employees at nearly 50,000 U.S. worksites, including nearly 1,700 in Ohio.


Ohio Chapter Continues to Sponsor Mahoning Safe Communities

The National Safety Council Ohio Chapter announced on October 1, 2020 the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) awarded $49,992.24 in federal traffic safety funding to Mahoning Safe Communities for federal fiscal year 2020.

“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.

Now, a free online resource developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help you find out at 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.