Safety Advisory: Celebrating Halloween — Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving Remember to ‘Think safe, ride safe, be safe!’ as Daylight Saving Time Ends

WASHINGTON – With the arrival of Halloween and the end of Daylight Saving Time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding Americans to drive safely, keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters, and to never drink and drive if you’ve celebrated with alcohol. As the clocks turn back this weekend on November 2, drivers and pedestrians should also be aware of the safety challenges that occur during the shorter days of fall and winter.

Drinking and increased pedestrian traffic on Halloween night has historically been a dangerous combination. On Halloween night in 2012, 54 people died, and nearly half of those deaths (26) involved a crash with a drunk driver, compared to one-third on an average day. More than one-quarter (28 percent) of Halloween crash fatalities were pedestrians, compared to 14 percent on an average day. From 2008-2012, 21 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. For additional background, check out NHTSA’s October edition of Safety 1n Numb3rs.
Generally, evening hours are the deadliest time on the road, so drivers and pedestrians should be on guard with the end of Daylight Saving Time. In 2012, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes. Most of these pedestrian deaths occur in urban environments, and the majority of pedestrian fatalities occur when it is dark, with 24 percent occurring from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and 32 percent occurring from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.

To stay safe, on Halloween, NHTSA offers the following tips:

For Motorists
◾Use caution while behind the wheel. ◾Slow down and be alert in residential areas.
◾Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
◾Eliminate distractions so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
◾Drive sober or get pulled over. ◾Always designate a sober driver and plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night if you plan on celebrating Halloween with alcohol.
◾Use your community’s sober ride program or take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
◾If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
◾If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

For Pedestrians
◾Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
◾Help keep kids safe. ◾Children out at night and under the age of 12 should have adult supervision.
◾Kids should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
◾Choose face paint when possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
◾Decorate costumes with reflective tape and have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights.
◾Always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks, and look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

NHTSA also offers the following tips for motorist and pedestrian safety during the shorter days of fall and winter:

For Motorists
◾Slow down. During the evening hours, you need more time to see a pedestrian in your path.
◾Keep in mind that pedestrians who are wearing headphones, hats or earmuffs may not hear your vehicle as it approaches.
◾Keep your windshield, windows, and mirrors clean. Make sure your defrosters and windshield wipers are working properly and that washer fluid is replaced as needed.

For Pedestrians
◾Carry a flashlight or attach reflective materials – such as fluorescent tape – to clothing, backpacks, purses, and briefcases.
◾Don’t depend on the traffic signal to protect you. Motorists may be distracted, especially when adjusting to the nighttime travel environment.
◾Use crosswalks. Avoid jaywalking and crossing between parked vehicles.
◾Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If you must walk on the street, face traffic.
◾When crossing the street, look left-right-left for cars from the curb.
◾Do not cross the street if a car is coming and use a crosswalk if available.
◾Watch out for cars at every driveway and intersection.
◾Pay attention to what is happening on the road and avoid distractions.

Halloween Safety Tips

Walk Safely
•Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
•Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
•Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
•Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
•Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
•Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult
•Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
•Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
•Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
•Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
•When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
•Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
•Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

Now Hiring

POLICE/FIRE DISPATCHER

The Bryan Police Department is accepting applications for full-time Police/Fire Dispatcher until November 14th at 4:00 PM.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, pass written exam, medical exam and thorough background investigation, including lie detector.

Starting wage will be $10.09/hr.

Application packets are available at the Bryan Police & Fire Complex, 304 West High Street, Bryan, OH 43506.

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National Teen Driver Safety Week October 19-25, 2014

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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the U.S. In fact, almost half of the teen drivers involved in a crash die. Yet, a recent survey show that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. You are the parent, they are your children, and they still have a lot of learn. You can teach them and you may just help save their lives.

Even if you think they don’t hear you, they do. Remember, the “5 to Drive” – Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road.

The “5 to Drive” rules for parents to share with their teens are:
1. No Drinking and Driving.
2. Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Front Seat and Back.
3. Put It Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.
4. Stop Speeding Before It Stops You.
5. No More Than One Passenger at a Time.

School Bus Safety

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School Bus Safety

The Bryan Police Department is reminding drivers to be alert for stopped school buses that will be back on the road on Wednesday August 20.

Extra patience and attention will help make a safer school year for children.

Drivers should stop at least 10 feet back when approaching a school bus from either side, while it displays flashing lights and an extended arm.

They also ask drivers not to resume driving until the bus begins moving.

Drivers are urged to exercise patience and never pass a stopped school bus.

AAA offers six ways to keep kids safe this school year:

Slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.

Eliminate distractions. Children often cross the road unexpectedly and may emerge suddenly between two parked cars. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing.

Reverse responsibly. Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under or around vehicles—even those that are parked.

Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and more than one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at TeenDriving.AAA.com.

Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.

Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and the bicycle. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that they wear a properly-fitted bicycle helmet on every ride. Find videos, expert advice and safety tips at ShareTheRoad.AAA.com.

“Grandparents scam” in our area.

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The department has received reports of the “grandparents scam” in our area.
The “grandparent scam” often involves a phone call or email from someone claiming to be the victim’s grandchild or other family member who is in trouble and in need of money.

The scammer will often say, “I’ve been arrested in another country and need money wired quickly to pay my bail.”

Other common questions such include the scammer saying “Grandma, do you know who this is?” and when the victim gives them a name, the scammer will continue the ruse by claiming to be in an emergency room or somewhere else in distress.

Scammers will also ask the elderly victim not to tell other family members about the dilemma.

The victim is instructed to wire money or to send cash in the form of gift cards to an address out of the country, generally a Canadian address or a P.O. Box.

The “grandparent scam” has been circulating nationwide since about 2008, according to the FBI.

We urge local residents to make their elderly family members aware of the scam and remind people never to wire money to someone who cannot prove their identity or pretends to be a representative of the government.

Also we suggest elderly residents contact their grandchild or other family member to determine if the claim is legitimate before sending any money.

K-9 Vest

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The Bryan Police K9 Sage has received a ballistic vest thanks to a non profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. $16,595.00 was donated to the charity from the “K9 Kota Campaign” which will provide vests for seventeen K9s in KY, OH, NJ, CA and IN.
The “K9 Kota Campaign” held an online event selling over 1350 tee shirts for the cause.

K9 Kota is a law enforcement dog with the Winchester Police Department in VA who sustained a work related injury on January 3, 2014. He fell through an attic floor onto a hardwood floor while detaining a suspect. Although the injury was severe to his right front arm, Kota climbed back up the flight of stairs to continue the fight. After months of surgery and physical therapy his return to police work is still unknown.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 930 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of $880,000.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufacturer by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was named as a charity partner in March of 2014 in a nation wide Groupon Campaign which raised over $335,000 in 19 days. The non profit will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014. All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, “In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Police Department”.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: http://www.vik9s.org.