Coalition reports 2 fatals in county during quarter

Group to promote safety during fair

TROY — Miami County Public Health’s Safe Communities Coalition reported two fatal crashes in Miami County during the quarter of April 1 through June 30, 2016. Miami County Public Health’s Safe Communities Coalition tracks traffic fatalities in an effort to create programs to reduce these numbers.

The coalition’s mission is to educate the public about the consequences of dangerous driving behaviors such as drinking and driving, reckless driving, texting and driving, not wearing a seatbelt, 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 to be safer drivers.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, law enforcement see more deadly crashes on roadways. This is why it is commonly referred to as the “100 deadliest days” of summer. More people travel the highways in the summer. It is more likely to see young drivers and motorcyclist in serious or fatal crashes during this time of year. Drunk driving, speeding, seat belt violations, driving drowsy and distracted driving often lead to deadly crashes. Deaths from these activities are preventable. For this reason, law enforcement work during the “100 deadliest days” of summer to prevent these accidents from occurring.

The Safe Communities Coalition will be promoting safe driving at the Miami County Fair, Aug. 12-18. Traffic safety issues such as drunk driving prevention, seat belt use, distracted driving prevention and motorcycle safety will be featured at a booth located in the Merchant Building at the fair. The coalition will also have a display set up next to the Miami County Sherriff’s Office building during the fair.

For more information about the Safe Communities Coalition, contact the Safe Communities coordinator at

Group to promote safety during fair