OSHP Survey Underway

OSHP Survey Underway

COLUMBUS, OH, Nov. 2, 2020 — Throughout the month of November, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) is conducting an online survey to identify traffic safety concerns and obtain feedback about interactions with the agency.

The 2020 Public Survey is anonymous and takes approximately five minutes to complete. The survey is designed to be used as a platform for organizational learning, asking specific questions related to traffic safety issues and previous interactions with OSHP employees. The survey is created in accordance with standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

OSHP is committed to providing professional law enforcement services focused on deterring crime and promoting traffic safety to improve the quality of life for the citizens and visitors of Ohio. Please consider taking the survey to help us better serve you.

To take the survey please visit: https://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov, the direct link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020SurveyOSHP.


Posted by By Dan Starcher, public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.

National School Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week


COLUMBUS, OH, Oct. 19, 2020 – The week of October 19 through 23 has been designated National School Bus Safety Week. This year’s theme, “Red Lights Mean STOP!” serves as a reminder for students, parents, teachers, and the community to keep school bus safety at the forefront.

From 2017 to 2019, there were 3,967 crashes involving school buses reported in Ohio. During that time frame, five people were killed in five crashes and 1,322 injuries. None of those killed in these crashes were passengers on the buses.

“Ohio drivers need to watch for school buses–especially when they stop to drop off or pick up our students,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Working together, we can ensure that school buses remain the safest mode of transportation for students to and from school.”

Prior to stopping, school buses display yellow warning lights that signify the bus is about to stop. Once a bus comes to a stop, flashing lights and a stop sign are displayed. Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from either direction are required to stop at least 10 feet from the bus while the bus is picking up or dropping off students. When a road is divided into four or more lanes, only traffic driving in the same direction as the bus must stop. Drivers may not resume their travels until the bus resumes traveling.

Also from 2017 to 2019, troopers cited 1,999 drivers who passed a school bus when they were required to stop.

“Although drivers are required to stop for school buses loading or unloading passengers, children should not rely on motorists to do so,” said Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “Children exiting the bus should always stop and look both ways before crossing the street, remaining alert for any sudden traffic.”

Troopers will be highly visible this week along school bus routes and in school zones to ensure the safety of students. 

For a complete statistical breakdown of school bus violations and crashes, visit https://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/links/School_Bus_Bulletin_2020.pdf.


Posted by By Dan Starcher, public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.

2020 Census: Protecting Our Workforce and the Public

2020 Census: Protecting Our Workforce and the Public

2020CENSUS.GOV, May, 2020 — In order to protect the health and safety of our workforce and the public, the Census Bureau has taken the following safety measures prior to resuming field operations:

  • Secured Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitizer for field and office staff;
  • Conducted deep cleaning of office workspaces;
  • Developed mandatory COVID-19 training (outlining steps for staying safe while performing field duties);
  • Practicing social distancing, including shift work, in offices;
  • Maximizing telework, when possible.

During this unprecedented time, protecting the health and safety of our employees and the American public continues to be the Census Bureau’s top priority. 2020 Census field operations have resumed in select locations across the nation.

The phased return-to-work plan adheres to guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management as well as federal, state and local authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. Census Bureau continues to accept applications for temporary part-time positions with the 2020 Census. Although many job offers have been made, there is still an opportunity for jobs to be offered.

For additional information, or to apply click HERE.


Posted by Dan Starcher, public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.

Give the Gift of Emergency Preparedness this Holiday Season

Give the Gift of Emergency Preparedness this Holiday Season

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Dec. 2019 — With the winter holidays just weeks away, Ohio residents may want to consider giving gifts that will help family members and friends sustain themselves during the event of a disaster or home emergency. Items to build an emergency preparedness kit can make unique and useful holiday gifts.

“If you’re still looking for a good gift for that hard-to-buy-for loved one, consider giving the gift of preparedness,” said Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Sima Merick. “This may jumpstart them on the road toward preparedness and could make a huge difference in a disaster or emergency – maybe even save a life.”

Ideas for emergency preparedness gift items include:

– Battery-Powered or Hand-Crank NOAA Weather Radio with Tone Alert

– Battery-Operated or Hand-Crank Flashlight or Lantern with Extra Batteries

– Walkie-Talkies, Extra Batteries

– Solar-Powered Cell Phone Charger

– Combination Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector

– Fire Extinguisher

– Activity Books, Playing Cards and Board Games for Kids (in case the power goes out)

– Water Bottle with Built-In Filter (personal water filter)

– Multipurpose Tool or Swiss Army Knife

– Personal Hygiene Comfort Kit: shampoo, body wash, washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.

Holiday shoppers may also want to consider giving a winter car kit equipped with a snow brush, ice scraper, emergency flares, jumper cables, shovel, a blanket, and a travel-size first aid kit. For animal lovers: a pet disaster kit with a food and water dish, pet food, bottled water, and a leash or pet carrier.

Over the next couple of weeks, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency will highlight these emergency preparedness gift ideas on Facebook and Twitter.

For additional information on emergency preparedness and winter weather safety, visit ReadyOhio at www.ready.ohio.gov.


Posted by Dan Starcher, public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.