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The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department has received a $42,000 grant from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The Muskingum County Sheriffs Office applied for the grant based on the number of fatal crashes on local roads as well as the number of partnerships within our community. Between 2011 and 2013 there were 30 fatal crashes in Muskingum county as well as 127 serious injury cases.
With the grant, the ZMCHD and Ohio State Highway Patrol will focus on planning and conducting activities to provide education on traffic saftey; including motorcycle safety, seat belt usage, as well as impaired and alcohol related crashes.
"You will probably see us out at different community events and health fairs to provide information to the community regarding why it's important to be buckled up why it's important to reduce your speed, to not do things in the car that will distract your driving, and not drive while you're impaired," said Kristina Bell, Health Educator for ZMCHD. "You'll hear public service announcements on the radio, you'll see us doing different interviews on the news and other places to get information out, we're going to work with schools especially focusing on prom season and homecoming season."
The grant is in partnership with the Muskingum County Safe Community Coalitions which will meet quarterly to review and decrease the number of fatal and serious crashes on our local roads. To find more information on the traffic safety initiatives planned you can visit Zanesville Muskingum County Health at www.zmchd.org.