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Practice Safety While Driving on Wet Leaves

Date: 11.07.2012
Contact: Jennifer Farquhar, MBA Phone: (330) 375-4930

AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 7, 2012 – Fall foliage is certainly beautiful, but now that the leaves have fallen, they litter the roads, making streets slick while obscuring traffic lines and other pavement markings. They also hide potholes and other road hazards. And when it rains, it can make those wet leaves on the roadway as dangerous as ice.

Because slick surfaces can exaggerate a driver’s actions, Summa Health System’s Rebecca Wise, Summit County Safe Communities grant coordinator, points to these skid safety instructions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

How to handle a skid:
1. If you find yourself in a skid, stay calm, and ease your foot off the gas.
2. Carefully steer in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.
3. Stay off the pedals (gas and brake) until you are able to maintain control of your vehicle. This procedure, known as “steering into the skid,” will bring the back end of your car in line with the front.

As with any driving season, maintain a safe following distance so you will have ample time to stop for the vehicle in front of you.

Press Conference Announced for Seat Belt Enforcement on Thanksgiving Weekend
Thanksgiving zero tolerance Buckle Up campaign runs from Nov. 12 to Nov. 26

In an effort to increase public awareness of the importance of seat belt usage, Safe Communities Coalitions and law enforcement from Portage, Stark, and Summit counties are holding a press conference at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at the University of Mount Union in the Hoover Price Campus Center. Officials will announce increased and strict enforcement of seat belts during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010, 51 percent of the occupants killed in a motor vehicle crash were not wearing seat belts, and Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Voluntary compliance of all traffic laws helps reduce crashes, and wearing a seat belt may provide motorists with the single best protection against other drivers.

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, in 2012, there have been 24 traffic-related fatalities in Summit County. This is five less than at the same time last year.

A message from Summa Health System and Summit County Safe Communities.

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