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TRAVEL SAFETY

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Plan Your Route Safely!

When traveling, be sure to check the traffic and construction along your route, and research the cell phone driving laws for the states you will be driving through and visiting. 

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General Travel Safety Tips

  • Make sure your drivers license/state ID is up to date with your current name and address and remember that Ohio Driver's License and Identification cards, issued prior to July 2, 2018, will not be accepted by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) after October 1, 2020. 
  • Always keep your car in good running condition and make sure there is enough gas to get where you are going and back.
  • Plan your route ahead of time.
  • Keep your doors locked.
  • Even if you have your windows down, leave them up just enough that someone can't reach inside and unlock the door or steel your purse/items.
  • When you have to get out of the vehicle, turn the ignition off and take your keys/purse with you, even if you just have to run inside for one minute.
  • Check inside and out before getting in.
  • Avoid parking in isolated areas.
  • If you think you are being followed, drive to the nearest gas station, open business, or other well-lighted, crowded area to get help. Use your cell phone to call 911. DO NOT go home.
  • Don't pick up hitchhikers.
  • Never allow yourself to be boxed in, leave enough room in front of your car to escape.
  • We all want to help stranded motorists, but instead of stopping it is much safer to call the police for them. Try to provide the police with the name of the road with a cross street or mile marker.

BMV Emergency

Contact Notification

If you've been in an accident, the national average is SIX HOURS before law enforcement can locate next of kin! You can cut down that time by doing the following:


The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles now offers you the opportunity to voluntarily provide emergency contact information. All you need is your Ohio Drivers License or State ID. Your emergency contact information is very secure and can only be accessed by authorized law enforcement personnel. Use either website below to enter the two people you would like to be notified if you are injured and unable to speak.

www.ohiobmv.com

www.myemergencycontactinfo.org

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Did You Know?

 Cracks in your windshield can spread fast and if they become large enough, you can be cited by law enforcement for an unsafe vehicle and/or obstructed view.

If you have a crack in your windshield that is smaller than a quarter in size, many insurance companies will pay to have the crack repaired to prevent it from preading. This repair is done under your vehicle's comprehensive coverage, prevents any out of pocket expenses and will not raise your insurance premium.

What To Do During A Traffic Stop

  • Immediately pull your car over to the right berm.
  • Pull completely off the road for your safety and the safety of the officer.
  • Immediately roll down your window and turn your car off.
  • Place your hands on the steering wheel so that the officer can see them.
  • If you are a CCW holder, you are required by law to immediately notify the officer if you have any weapons in the vehicle and if they are, or are not loaded.
  • Follow the instructions that the officer gives you.
  • Always keep your License, Registration, and Insurance card (auto insurance, not health insurance) where you can get to them.
  • Remember that police officers have bad days just like you and I. Just be respectful toward the officer and they will take that into consideration.

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If Taking The Bus

  • Use well-lighted, busy stops.
  • If you must get off at a stop that is not used very often, try to have a relative or a friend meet you.
  • Stay alert! Don't doze or daydream.
  • Say "leave me alone" loudly if someone harrasses you. Don't be embarrassed.
  • Watch who gets off your stop with you. If you feel uneasy, walk directly to a place where there are other people or stay on the bus.

In The Event Of A Car Jacking

  • Avoid any verbal/physical confrontation.
  • Cooperate, move quickly away from your car.
  • Walk/run away from the immediate area
  • Call the Police IMMEDIATELY!
  • Provide a description of the suspect(s) and any other vehicles that may have been involved.
  • If it is possible, NEVER go with the suspect(s)!

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Move Over, it's the Law!

More than 250 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1999 after being struck by vehicles along America's highways, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  To lower that deadly toll, a coalition of traffic safety and law enforcement groups launched a nationwide public awareness campaign in 2007, "Move Over America", to protect emergency personnel along our nation's roadsides. 


Despite these efforts though, motorists still fail to move over.  On February 14, 2019 an Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer was investigating a 2 car accident, when a semi cab not only failed to move over, but rear ended the cruiser,

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sandwiching it between the other vehicles and trapping an individual who had been placed in the back of the cruiser. All vehicles including the police cruiser, were pulled over on the berm, when the semi hit them. Several were injured, but fortunately none of the injuries were life threatening.


Semi Crashes Into OSHP Vehicle on I-77 Near Canton


While this law applies to emergency vehicles only, it is always a good idea to move over for all disabled vehicles. Help us keep our roads safe for everyone and, #moveover.


To learn more about Ohio's Move Over Law, visit Ohio Revised Code 4511.213 Approaching stationary public safety vehicle displaying emergency light, click here.

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One of the best ways to protect your family

and everyone else's...


DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE

Shocking Stats on Texting While Driving

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Texting While Driving PSA (CAUTION GRAPHIC)


DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE

This is a Blendon Township Police Cruiser

after it was hit by a drunk driver

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Best Taxi Service Near Me?

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Traveling In Bad Weather

Our Recent Work

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All about the deadly phenomenon of freezing rain, "black ice" and how to stay safe from it during the winter. Learn more about driving on icy roads at http://icyroadsafety.com Copyright Dan Robinson


Ice & Snow Take It Slow Info Card - ODOT

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- Snow Warriors Fact Sheet For Pride Centers, Neighborhood Liasons, Police & Firefighters

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Educational winter driving video about preventing dangerous vehicle slides on icy roads, and what to do if one happens. Learn what to do when icy roads threaten and how to correct an oversteer slide. Includes videos of actual accidents captured on camera. Learn more at http://icyroadsafety.com Copyright Dan Robinson.

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Did You Know?

Laminated glass (2 layers of glass with a plastic layer sandwiched in the middle) has been a US safety requirement all model cars since 1972 for all windshields. Laminated glass prevents the window from shattering and the occupant from being ejected out of the car/truck.


Because of the roll over exposure common to Trucks and SUV's, since 2005 Many Dodge trucks and SUV's have included laminated glass in side windows to prevent occupants from being ejected from side windows in the event of a roll over.  Dodge Durango's and Commander's have laminated side windows as options.


For the past several years Lexus, Cadillac, Mercedes, Buick have offered laminated side windows as an option on certain models. The selling point on these makes/models would be personal security preventing the smash and grab (lap tops and purses from front seats) at stop lights in urban areas as well as carjackings.


Downside:  Emergency service personnel (fire/police/emt) carry special spring loaded devices (or batons) that will shatter tempered safety glass windows to extricate persons in emergency situations. Since laminated glass does not shatter, this could delay extrication.


Upside: PERSONAL SAFETY-reduces ejections in roll overs/accidents; prevents smash and grabs as well as car jackings.

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