LIMA — As daylight saving time ends Sunday, the Allen County Safe Community Coalition and other organizations are working to bring driving safety to the forefront.
Besides remembering to check the smoke alarm batteries and to “fall back” at 2 a.m. Sunday, the Allen County Safe Community Coalition wants Allen County residents to remember to be safe on the roads.
There is usually an increase in night time crashes every year after daylight saving ends, according to Ohio Department of Public Safety crash statistics.
About 50 percent of Ohio’s crashes have happened at dawn, dusk after daylight saving time ends. Crashes are likely about two weeks after the change, according to Vince Mcmorrow on behalf of Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
The Allen County Safe Community Coalition has created billboards and ads to urge safety.
Also involved are members from Lima Memorial Health System, Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, State Farm Insurance, Lima Allen County Regional Planning Committee, the Ohio Department of Transportation District .
Mercy Health-St.Rita’s Medical Center Trauma Nurse Practitioner Jenny Snider suggested that pedestrians wear bright and reflective clothing, cross at crosswalks and to be aware of their surroundings.
“There is a lot of construction going on especially on Market Street so I know you can’t use the sidewalks like you should be able to,” said Snider. “Pedestrians should make sure to walk against traffic and not with traffic.”
Drivers should use headlights earlier and should have a longer distance between them and other cars because of weather conditions like fog, rain and snow, said Snider.
Lima Memorial Health System Trauma Program Manager John Griffith said drivers should also restrain from eating while driving and should turn down music.
Griffith also suggest that bicyclists wear reflective stickers, use flashing lights, wear helmets and ditch the headphones while riding.
Lima Memorial Health System Trauma Nurse Practitioner Katie Morgan also suggested bicyclists ride with the traffic to prevent any accidents.
To minimize dangers on the road AAA Ohio said motorists should clean windows and headlights, watch for deer, stop for pedestrians and get adequate sleep.
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