(Juneau) Word of the first traffic fatality of the year in Dodge County comes as the Sheriff’s Office issues a press release looking at the number of fatal crashes in the past two years. There were a total of eight fatalities in 2018 this after 2017 saw a total of 20 people dying in crashes, 15 in the second half of the year alone.
Sheriff Dale Schmidt says internal records show that is the lowest yearly totals dating back to 2003. In the fall of 2017, the sheriff’s office initiated a long-term traffic crash reduction plan in response to 2017’s uptick. Schmidt says his office took an evidence based/data driven approach which included identification of high crash areas, targeted enforcement, public education and high visibility signage.
The goal set at the onset of the initiative was a 25 to 50-percent reduction rate. Schmidt says their efforts resulted in a 60-percent drop in fatalities.
He adds that the men and women of his agency and others who contributed should be proud of their positive impact they have had on reducing crash fatalities. Schmidt says his office will continue to strive for continued improvement in traffic safety and will use all resources available to make Dodge County a safe place to live, work and visit.
The sheriff’s office offers a few tips for drivers to help curb high crash numbers. They encourage motorists to slow down, do not drive impaired, make complete and full stops, avoid distractions while driving and to wear your seatbelt.