Miami County Safe Communites reports on fatal crashes

TROY — The Miami County Public Health’s Safe Communities Coalition reported two fatal crashes in Miami County during the quarter of Jan. 1 through March 31.

Of the two fatal crashes this year, one involved an impaired driver and the other a passenger on a motorcycle not wearing a helmet, according to Miami County Public Health Health Educator and Safe Communities Coordinator Kari Boyle, CHES.

Each day in the United States, more than eight people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes are reported to involve a distracted driver.

According to Boyle, 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 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, she said.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Miami County Safe Communities Coalition is reminding drivers to put down their phone and just drive. Distracted driving statistics portray a grim picture. In 2014, an estimated 3,179 people were killed (10 percent of all crash fatalities) and an additional 431,000 were injured (18 percent of all crash injuries) in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

“Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving. This is a recipe for a crash, and that’s a scary thought,” Boyle said. “You’re not only putting your life at risk, but other drivers too.”

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