Every year hundreds of citizens in every community are injured due to traffic crashes. Traffic crash injuries are one of the most overlooked public health problems today, but we are working to change that. The Knox County Safe Communities Coalition is a community based program designed to promote safe driving practices and create awareness and prevention of injuries caused by traffic crashes.
The Knox County Safe Communities Coalition is comprised of local law enforcement, highway officials, and several other local agencies. It is funded by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and is coordinated by the Knox County Health Department. The objective of Knox County Safe Communities is to promote community-based solutions to address transportation safety and other injury problems.
The Safe Communities approach provides exciting opportunities for transportation safety programs, as well as many payoffs for safety and injury control advocates as we move forward and focus on reducing injuries and saving health care costs. Safe Communities is a unique approach to transportation safety advocacy and motor vehicle injury control.
Current programming includes Youth Safety Councils at local high schools, distribution of awareness materials with traffic safety messages including banners and posters at schools and businesses,coasters at bars and restaurants, floor mats at car dealerships and repair shops, an Amish Health & Safety Day and seat belt surveys twice a year at 19 locations.
For more information on the safe communities, contact JoAnn Kerr at
or 740-392-2200, ext. 2232