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Safe Communities reminds drivers of summer safety

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Although there had been no traffic fatalities for the first half of 2015, a recent crash over the July 4th weekend reminds us that the summer months can be one of the most dangerous times of the year.

Although most of us think of the winter as the most dangerous with the ever-changing weather conditions, summer poses different types of dangers. There are more people on the road, more inexperienced drivers are behind the wheel, and there are special events and holidays where alcohol use is possible during the summer months. Also, motorcycles and pedestrians are out enjoying the better weather during this time of year. All these factors add to the odds of potential crashes.

Safe Communities of Pickaway County continues to remind drivers AND passengers of all ages to “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time.” Furthermore, everyone needs to observe the slogan “Stay Alive Don’t Text and Drive,” and to never, ever drive impaired.

As of June 2015, there had been zero fatalities on Pickaway County roadways. In 2014, there was one fatality documented during the same time period. As the year progressed, there were multiple fatalities as the result of motor vehicle crashes. These numbers do not note the number of crashes that ended in significant injuries or loss of property.

Even though a recent crash ended in a fatality, Pickaway roadways have been safer overall. Keeping safety a part of your routine throughout the year can help keep these numbers low.

Whether you are a seasoned driver, a motorcycle rider, a teen driver, or a parent of a teen driver, you can learn more how to be safe when behind the wheel. Visit National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov to learn more about safe driving habits.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal