BGSU gets grant to continue Safe Communities program

Sandra Wiechman, of Wood County Safe Communities Coalition, speaks at press briefing on Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride in December 2017.


Bowling Green State University has received a $50,000 grant from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Ohio Traffic Safety Office to continue the Safe Communities of Wood County program through Sept. 30, 2019. This is the fifth consecutive year BGSU has received the grant.

Grant money will be used to continue education and raising awareness regarding the use of seatbelts, operating a vehicle under the influence, motorcycle safety, distracted driving, senior citizen driving and commercial vehicles. Safe Communities will continue to participate in local community events throughout Wood County as well as education at local businesses and professional organizations.

Safe Communities of Wood County was created in 2012 to establish a partnership of individuals from law enforcement, local governments, schools, businesses, health departments and community organizations to collaborate, creating awareness and prevention of death and injuries caused by traffic crashes.

Safe Communities works to reduce the number of traffic-related deaths and injuries in Wood County through analysis of problem areas and promotion of and education about proper safety. Program goals include coalition building and fatality data review.

New members interested in assisting with coalition goals are welcome; email for more information.