At the start of traffic safety week in Fulton County, the Wauseon Police Department waited at entrances to the high school parking lots to compliment seat belt usage and distribute magnetic signs and gift certificates from Wendy’s and Tiny’s Dairy Barn. The event staged at all area high schools was part of the Fulton County Safe Communities.
Fulton County fatal vehicle accidents have gone up over the last few years. Many partners are working together to decrease those numbers including law enforcement, ODOT, emergency services, county engineers, county commissioners, health department, county extension office, local insurance businesses and public safety.
The Fulton County Safe Communities approach is to create a community-based initiative where the expansion of resources and partnerships brings awareness for the need of traffic safety education and public awareness. By focusing on distracted driving, impaired driving, motorcycle safety and seat belt safety, Safe Communities seeks to raise the usage of seat belts and reduce traffic fatalities. Locally, the program is chaired by Karen Pennington and Rachel Kinsman of the Fulton County Health Department.
The committee meets monthly. Should you wish to get involved, please call Kinsman or Pennington at (419) 337-0915.