ALLEN COUNTY — There were 24 traffic deaths in the immediate area last year. The ultimate goal would be zero. The Lima Service Initiative is a combined effort between the Lima Police Department and the Ohio State Highway patrol to reduce the number of fatalities.
Lima Police Officer Aaron Rode summarized the efforts. “ We do that through traffic enforcement. We run speed with radar and lidar. We’ll check the stop signs, stoplights, any kind of traffic violations we can get to inevitably bring down traffic collisions.”
The initiative should be visible to residents of the area. Officer Rode stated, “Just be expecting to see more police officers and more state troopers on your roadways. Just remember, we’re not out harassing you. We’re not bugging you. We’re just trying to get some police work done to try hopefully to reduce traffic collisions on the roadways.”
Shaunna Basinger with the Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission explained how data influences the initiative. “Crash data is analyzed. It can reveal what days of the week, what days of the month, what times of the day more crashes happen than other times. So through our partnerships, we all come together from different disciplines – law enforcement, fire, EMS, hospitals, engineers — get together to analyze and process crashes, serious injury, and fatal crashes. We can figure out what happened and figure out how we can get them to not happen again.”
Lieutenant Alec Coil, commander of the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, explains how that data is then used. “It allows us to put officers in those locations. Officers sitting on the roadway remind everybody to obey the speed limits, signage, stops, and stoplights. That voluntary compliance helps avoid having crashes, especially the serious injury and fatal crashes. We have looked at the data and rather than having officers going all the time, we can put troopers and officers in those areas.”
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