Richland traffic-related deaths up in 2015

Chris Pugh
Group Editor’s Notebook

The Richland County Safe Communities Coalition is continuing to report an increase in traffic-related deaths in the county.

The group reports one traffic death in June for the month of June. All together, there have been eight traffic-related deaths this year. Last year, there were two traffic-related deaths through the first six months.

“During the summer months we see an increase in traffic in the evenings and weekends as people are driving to outdoor activities,” said Reed Richmond, Health Educator at Richland Public Health, a Safe Communities partner. “We can increase our summer safety, and the safety of others, by always remembering to use our seat belts and never driving impaired or distracted.”

NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR KICKS OFF SUMMER COOLING SEASON – The Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program, a partnership of American Electric Power and Dollar Energy Fund, is providing utility assistance grants for the summer season.

AEP Ohio customers can apply for help to keep or restore electric service through Aug. 31.

“This past winter was extremely cold and lasted longer than anyone could have anticipated. As a result many Ohio families may be struggling with higher than expected utility bills which could get worse during the hot summer months,” said Pablo Vegas, president and chief operating officer for AEP Ohio. “AEP Ohio is committed to working with those customers to ensure their electric service continues even though they are struggling to make ends meet.”

The program is funded for public donations matched dollar for dollar by AEP.

For information about how to apply for assistance or donate, visit


Pugh is the Group Content Editor for the Galion Inquirer, Bellville Star, Morrow County Sentinel and Knox County Citizen. You can reach him at and on Twitter at @pughcivitas.