WAUSEON, OH (Toledo News Now) - More than $24,000 in federal grant money is now being used in Wauseon to reduce the number of fatal car accidents. This comes after more than 100 serious crashes occurred in the area in just the last few years.
Officials know reducing the number of fatal car accidents will not be easy. It will take a lot of work and cooperation from various departments, but with the help of this grant, they believe they can do it.
"We're losing our young people and our young adults because of tragic events that are caused on our roadways," said Wauseon Police Chief Keith Torbert.
A total of 19 people have died and more than 160 have been seriously injured in various Fulton County car accidents over the past three years.
"That's more injuries than what we have in assaults, injuries, robberies," said Torbert.
Torbert says the numbers are unacceptable, so he worked on applying for a "safe communities" grant.
"Unfortunately, we're eligible for it because of the number of crashes we had," said Torbert.
To reduce the number, the grant will be used in two ways. First, it will pay for officials to examine where the accidents happen and see if it is a dangerous stretch of road, considering factors such as blind spots. The Fulton County Health Department is stepping in to help with the second part: education.
"We will be going out to the community at certain events - Wauseon Homecoming, the Fulton County Fair - having fliers passed out," said Karen Pennington with the Fulton County Health Department.
Many residents feel it is needed.
"Everybody needs to be really careful. We just lost a friend this morning in a motorcycle accident," said Donna King, a Fulton County resident.
King and others are happy to see officials working to stop tragedies on the road.
"If we save one life it was worth all the time and trouble we put into it," said King.
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