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Ohio Traffic Safety Council

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On September 1, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the creation of the Ohio Traffic Safety Council. The Council, led by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, includes representatives from federal, state, county, and local agencies along with traffic safety partners and advocates who are all dedicated to making Ohio’s roadways safer. Together, they will identify the leading causes of motor vehicle crashes, serious injuries, and fatalities on Ohio’s roadways and take action to save lives using proven education, engineering, enforcement, emergency response, and public policy countermeasures.


While still at historic lows, traffic fatalities in Ohio have increased five of the last six years. An average of 1,000 people die annually on our roads, with lack of seat belt use, alcohol/drug impairment, and inexperience a leading factor in many of these fatal crashes. Driver error is the cause of approximately 94% of serious crashes.1


Changing driver behavior is the focus of traffic safety education efforts. It is not enough for drivers to understand the “rules of the road.”  Drivers must be motivated to change their driving habits. The Council will develop and support education efforts directed at risky road users. 


The Council will promote consistent and conspicuous enforcement of traffic laws to increase driver compliance and reduce unsafe behaviors. Action will also be taken to identify gaps in Ohio’s traffic safety laws and promote enactment of lifesaving public policy.

Emergency Response

A fast, efficient and coordinated response is critical in the event of a crash. 


Infrastructure improvements can be costly and time consuming. The Council will promote investment in engineering countermeasures shown to have the greatest impact on public safety.

Singh, S. (2015, February). Critical reasons for crashes investigated in the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey. (Traffic Safety Facts Crash•Stats. Report No. DOT HS 812 115). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Thomas Stickrath, Chair
Former Director
Ohio Department of Public Safety

Jack Marchbanks
Ohio Department of Transportation

Adam Greenslade
Director of Governmental Affairs, Marketing & Communications
Ohio Turnpike Commission

John Williams
Director - Transportation Dept.
Ohio Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Jeanna Walock
Forensic Toxicologist/Program Administrator
Ohio Department of Health

Meredith Craig
Assistant Director, Legislative Affairs
Ohio Department of Insurance

David Bowlin
Director, Field Relations
Ohio Department of Education

Jamie Patton
Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association

Scott D. Noel
Chief of Police - City Blue Ash
Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police

Charles Jones
Ohio State Highway Patrol

Douglas E. Cade 
Hancock County Engineer 
County Engineers Association

Bob Entenmann
Washington Township Trustee
Ohio Township Association

Kimberly Schwind
Ohio Traffic Safety Office

Rachel Babich
Program Director
Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Sandy Spavone
Executive Director
Family Career and Community Leaders of America

Rick Birt
President and CEO
Students Against Destructive Decisions

Philip S. Renaud II
Executive Director
The Ohio State University - Risk Institute

Jonlee S. Anderle, Ph.D.
Regional Administrator
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Stephen McCormick
Division Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Laura S. Leffler
Division Administrator
Federal Highway Administration

Chuck Smith
Ohio Bicycle Federation

Tom Balzer
President & CEO
Ohio Trucking Association

Arthur J. Arnold
Executive Director
The Ohio Railroad Association

Sharon Montgomery
Traffic Safety Advocate

Kenny Kolberg
Regional Manager
American Traffic Safety Services Association

James Kinnick
Executive Director
Metropolitan Planning Organization

James J Augustine M.D., FACEP
American College of Emergency Physicians

Christopher Runyan
Ohio Contractors Association

Michael Sayre
Director of Government Affairs
American Motorcyclist Association

Dom Tiberi
Traffic Safety Advocate

Priority Areas

The Ohio Traffic Safety Council will focus on addressing the areas that have the greatest potential to reduce the number of people killed on our roadways. We will place an emphasis on data analysis, council feedback, and best practices to identify priority areas. Each priority area will be assigned a coordinator to organize subcommittee meetings, arrange for resources, and provide updates to the council. The subcommittee is action-oriented, identifying well-defined projects that can be accomplished within a six-month period.

Current Priority Areas

  • Impaired Driving
  • Youthful Driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Occupant Protection


Future Meeting Dates:

  • May 3, 2023
  • August 9, 2023
  • November 8, 2023

Past Meeting Videos

February 22, 2023 - View Meetings

November 2, 2022 - View Meeting

August 3, 2022 - View Meeting

August 4, 2021 - View Meeting

May 5, 2021 - View Meeting

February 10, 2021 - View Meeting

November 4, 2020 - View Meeting

Past Meeting Presentations

Impaired Driving Subcommittee

Youthful Driving Subcommittee

Occupant Protection Subcommittee

Distracted Driving Subcomittee

Drug Evaluation and Classification Program

Distracted Driving Video For Teens