Safe Communites reports 3 fatals for quarter

Staff Reports

TROY — Miami County Public Health’s Safe Communities Coalition reported three fatal crashes in Miami County during the quarter of April 1 through June 30, 2017. 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, distracted driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and not wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle, according to a news release from Miami County Public Health Health Educator & Safe Communities Coordinator Vicky Knisley-Henry.

The quarterly fatality update keeps the public informed about common driving behaviors that cause fatal crashes, as well as educate the community on how to be safe drivers, according to Knisley-Henry.

Of the three reported fatal crashes during the third quarter, two involved inattention and distraction, and one involved not wearing a seat belt and traveling at an unsafe speed, she said.

All of these crashes were preventable, Knisley-Henry said.

“Summer is here and more people are traveling and outdoors walking or riding bikes. We want everyone to get to their destination safely and distractions not only put you at risk, but it endangers everyone else that shares the road with you,” Knisley-Henry said. “Please pay attention, always wear your seat belt or a helmet when riding a motorcycle, slow down, and do not drink and drive.”

The Safe Communities Coalition and local law enforcement will continue efforts to decrease fatalities, she said. Knisley-Henry said the Safe Communities coalition reminds Miami County residents to always buckle up, every trip, every time and to always drive sober.

For more information about the Safe Communities Coalition, contact Knisley-Henry at