The Lake County General Health District issued a Press Release on October 11, 2017.
Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) has identified that improper seat belt use, impaired driving and distracted driving are impacting the safety and welfare of the citizens of Lake County. To combat this issue, LCGHD has received funding through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to coordinate the Lake County Safe Communities Coalition (LCSCC).
LCSCC is made up of the LCGHD staff and representatives from local law enforcement, local fire safety, Crossroads, Great Lakes Mall, Lake County Coroner’s Office, Lake County Engineers Office, Lake Metroparks, Lakeland Community College, Laketran, Mandovi Enterprises, Mothers Against Drunk Driving – Northeast Ohio Affiliate, Ohio Department of Transportation, Promedica and others. Health Commissioner Ron H. Graham added, “We value our partners and the collaboration that goes into this program. When one considers motor vehicle injuries in the context of other preventable causes of death and disease, you realize thatmotor vehicle injuries are an important issue in public health.”
LCSCC reports that as of September 30th, there have been six fatal crashes in 2017 in Lake County, six of which occurred in the 3rd quarter (July – September).