5 fatal crashes reported last fall

For the Troy Daily News

TROY — Miami County Public Health’s Safe Communities Coalition reported five fatal crashes in Miami County during the quarter of Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016.

Miami County Public Health’s Safe Communities Coalition tracks traffic fatalities in an effort to create programs to reduce these numbers. The coalition provides a quarterly update to county residents.

The coalition’s mission is to educate the public about the consequences of dangerous driving behaviors such as drinking and driving, reckless driving, distracted driving, not wearing a seat belt, and not wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle. The purpose of this quarterly fatality update is to keep the public informed about common driving behaviors that cause fatal crashes, as well as educate the community on how to be safe drivers.

Of the five reported fatal crashes during the first quarter, one involved a motorcycle where a helmet was not worn, two crashes involved persons under the influence of alcohol, and three involved driver inattention. Traveling at an unsafe speed was also a contributing factor for two of the crashes.

“These crashes were preventable,” said Miami County Public Health Health Educator and Safe Communities Coordinator Vicky Knisley-Henry in a press release. “The Safe Communities Coalition wants everyone to get to their destination safely and distractions or driving under the influence not only puts you at risk, but it endangers everyone else that shares the road with you. Please slow down, always wear your seat belt or a helmet when riding a motorcycle, pay attention and do not drink and drive.”

Based on county data, the Safe Communities Coalition and local law enforcement will continue efforts to decrease fatalities. The summer season is right around the corner and as a country we will start to see more vehicles traveling. The Safe Communities coalition reminds Miami County residents to always buckle up — every trip, every time — and to always drive sober.

For more information about the Safe Communities Coalition, contact Knisley-Henry at vhenry@miamicountyhealth.net.