Speed Awareness Day Campaign Includes Ohio

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(Columbus) – Law enforcement officers across Ohio are joining officers from five other Great Lakes states including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin on July 27 for this year’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Region 5 high visibility Speed Awareness Day enforcement campaign.

During the campaign, law enforcement officers will combine increased, zero-tolerance enforcement with effective communication to road users on the importance of obeying the speed limit. High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) is a proven countermeasure for reinforcing driver compliance with posted speed limits.

“There is no question that high speeds are dangerous, and we must continue to reinforce the importance of following the speed limit,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “During this enforcement event, law enforcement throughout Ohio will be keeping a close watch on speeds in an effort to prevent crashes and save lives.”

Speed is involved in about one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities nationwide. NHTSA statistical projections for 2021 show traffic deaths grew by 10.5% to 42,915. This also represents the highest number of fatalities since 2005 and the highest annual percentage increase in the recorded history of data in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

According to crash statistics from Ohio in 2021:

  • 11% of all crashes were speed-related
  • 360 people died on Ohio’s roadways in speed-related crashes
  • 1,549 people were seriously injured (that’s more than 4 people per day)
  • 32% of Ohio’s speed-related crashes occurred between June and September

In 2021, there were 5,413 fatal injuries in the six-state region with 1,668 (30.8%) being speed-related fatalities. This was an increase of 17.7% from 2020. Ohio ranks second in the six-state region with 1,351 total fatalities, an increase of 9.8% from the previous year. Traffic crashes that result in death due to speeding are higher in the summer months. The highest fatalities occur between June and September. Speeding is more than just breaking the law. The consequences include:

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle
  • Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection
  • Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a
  • Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe
  • Economic implications of a speed-related crash.
  • Increased fuel consumption/cost.

“One of the most concerning aspects of speeding is the increased stopping distance,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath, who serves as chair of the Ohio Traffic Safety Council. “A vehicle traveling at 30 mph will need about 100 feet to come to a complete stop. In comparison, a car moving at 60 mph will need over 300 feet to stop, which is almost the entire length of a football field.”

According to NHTSA, drivers who speed are also more likely to engage in other risky behaviors, such as not wearing a seat belt, drinking and driving, or using a cell phone while driving.

Last year, the Ohio Traffic Safety Office distributed $4.1 million in NHTSA funding for overtime costs associated with HVE.

For more information, please visit http://speedawarenessday.org/.

Pike CAC Hosts Painting Fundraiser

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(Waverly) – The Events Committee of the Community Action Committee of Pike County (CAC) will be hosting “A Starry Night at CAC: A Painting Fundraiser” Event open to the public on Tuesday, August 16th at 6pm. This event will take place at the Pike County Senior Center (402 Clough Street in Waverly).

Community Action Committee of Pike County

The supplies needed to paint your interpretation of Van Gogh’s famous masterpiece, Starry Night will be provided. Scioto County artist, Charles Haskins will be instructing throughout the event to offer assistance. 

Anyone who would like to participate in this event are required to register by Monday, August 1st. There is a $20 fee for adults and $15 for 13 and younger (payable to the Community Action Committee of Pike County). The proceeds will go to the Events Committee to assist with funding future community events (e.g. Trunk-or-Treat, Reindeer Games, Easter Egg Hunt, etc). Donations to the Events Committee are always greatly appreciated.

To register to attend this event, please email Amber Wheeler at awheeler@pikecac.org or call her at (740) 289–2371. 

Payment is due upon registering for the event.  Credit cards, cash, and checks are accepted. 

Free Range Day at Some ODNR Parks

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(Columbus) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are partnering to host Free Range Day at five of Ohio’s premier public shooting ranges on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Caption: Visit one of Ohio’s public shooting ranges on Saturday, Aug. 20 to gain hands-on experience and instruction with firearms.

Visit one of the following public shooting ranges on Free Range Day to gain hands-on experience and instruction with firearms at no charge from certified instructors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Deer Creek Wildlife Area, corner of State Route 207 and Cook Yankeetown Road NE, Mt. Sterling 43143 
  • Delaware Wildlife Area, 1110 State Route 229, Ashley 43003
  • Grand River Wildlife Area, 6693 Hoffman Norton Road, Bristolville 44491 
  • Spring Valley Wildlife Area, 3570 Houston Road, Waynesville 45068
  • Woodbury Wildlife Area, 41384 State Route 541, Warsaw 43844 

On-site staff will offer provide equipment, ammunition, ear protection, and eye protection at no charge.
Range Day is being offered in conjunction with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.’s National Shooting Sports Month. Division of Wildlife shooting ranges provide the public with comfortable, safe places to hone their skills with rifles, shotguns, handguns, and archery equipment. A complete list of range facilities, and the amenities offered at each, can be found at wildohio.gov.
Class A shooting ranges offer supervised rifle and pistol target shooting. Class B facilities offer unsupervised rifle and pistol target shooting, while Class C ranges host unsupervised clay target shotgun shooting.
The shooting range permit requirement is waived on all Division of Wildlife Class A, B, and C shooting ranges on this date. Outside of Free Range Day, all persons 18 and older shooting on Division of Wildlife Class A, B, or C ranges are required to purchase a shooting range permit, available at all hunting and fishing license outlets, wildohio.gov, or the HuntFish OH mobile app. Daily permits are available for $5, or an annual permit can be purchased for $24.