National Walk to School Day safety efforts are enhanced in Delphos

DELPHOS – The Creating Healthy Communities Project of Allen County Public Health has partnered with Delphos schoolS, Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission and the Ohio State Highway Patrol to provide a speed awareness monitor to help bring awareness to drivers’ speeds around the schools during National Walk to School Day on Wednesday and throughout October.

A national study of 27 cities found that of the vehicle speeds recorded during the 30 minutes before and after school, 65 percent of all drivers exceeded the posted speed limit and one third of those drivers traveled 30 mph or more beyond the posted speed limit. The Safe Routes to School project in Delphos is hoping to improve the safety of city streets for school children walking and biking to school.

The main goal for Safe Routes to School enforcement strategies is to deter unsafe behaviors of drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists and to encourage all road users to obey traffic laws and share the road safely.

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