Traffic safety

The mission of the Traffic Bureau is to promote safety and reduce collision through education and enforcement of the traffic laws of the Ohio revised code and Ordinances of the city of Chillicothe.

Speed enforcement:  speed is often a contributing factor in traffic crashes.  With greater speed, comes an increased risk of injury and extensive property damage.  Speed enforcement targets areas that have a history of traffic crashes, areas that have a had a recent surge  in crashes and complaints filed by residents that speeding effects their neighborhood.

All officers running radar/LIDAR (laser) are trained in house by Ohio State Patrol certified instructors so that no overtime or other costs are incurred.

Crash investigations:  All officers are trained in crash investigation.  Select officers are chosen to go through more extensive crash investigation courses allowing them greater insight into causes of crashes.  These OPOTA and OSP trained officers continue levels of training to attain crash re constructionist designation.

Our department also has two crash re constructionists.  Certified through OPOTA and OSP, they are able to reconstruct major traffic crashes.

Crash statistics:  the city of Chillicothe is seeing an increase in the amount of crashes occurring on the city streets.  In 2012 there were 843 crashes, in 2013 there were 858 and in 2014 there were 1006. We are creating a  plan that will decrease the amount of crashes and make our streets safer.

Helpful tips and links:

Child safety seats: Protecting our children should be one of our highest priorities when driving. The following are some Ohio child safety laws as well as some child seat safety tips.

Ohio booster seat law
Ohio child passenger safety
Child seat safety

Stay safe behind the wheel, some common sense everyday tips.

–Buckle your seat belts
–Observe speed limits.
–Pay full attention to the road – that is, do not use a cell phone to call or text.
–Use caution in work zones.

–Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to improve the driver’s road vision, especially at night.
-Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
–Last but not least, do not drink and drive.

Links to distracted and impaired driving, etc.  are on this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration link.
NHTSA Driving+safety campaign

From the Red Cross, more basic driving tips with a focus on checking the vehicles equipment. It also has a list of items needed for an emergency while on the road.

Red Cross driver safety

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