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Ohio Traffic Safety Council Members Announced

COLUMBUS – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced the members of the new Ohio Traffic Safety Council, which will meet virtually for the first time tomorrow. Governor DeWine announced the development of the new council, led by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, in September. The council is composed of representatives of several state agencies and outside groups. The role of the council will be to coordinate and monitor all statewide traffic safety initiatives, analyze trends, and advise the Governor on creating safer roads through education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency response.

"Members of this council all share the same goal - to drive down the number of people killed in traffic crashes," said Governor DeWine. "Their combined expertise, resources, and efforts will be a force multiplier in saving lives.” Members of the Ohio Traffic Safety Council include:

  • Jonlee S. Anderle, Ph.D., Regional Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Arthur J. Arnold, Executive Director, Ohio Railroad Association
  • James J. Augustine, M.D., FACEP, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Rachel Babich, Program Director, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Tom Balzer, President and CEO, Ohio Trucking Association
  • Rick Birt, President and CEO, Students Against Destructive Decisions
  • David Bowlin, Director of Field Relations, Ohio Department of Education
  • Douglas E. Cade, Hancock County Engineer, County Engineers Association
  • Meredith Craig, Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs, Ohio Department of Insurance
  • Bob Entenmann, Washington Township Trustee, Ohio Township Association
  • Colonel Richard Fambro, Superintendent, Ohio State Highway Patrol
  • Adam Greenslade, Director of Government Affairs, Marketing, and Communication, Ohio Turnpike Commission
  • Lance Himes, Interim Director, Ohio Department of Health
  • James Kinnick, Executive Director, Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Kenny Kolberg, Regional Manager, American Traffic Safety Services Association
  • Laura S. Leffler, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
  • Stephen McCormick, Division Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Jack Marchbanks, Director, Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Sharon Montgomery, Traffic Safety Advocate
  • Chief Scott D. Noel, Blue Ash, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Sheriff Robby Radcliff, Pickaway County, Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association
  • Philip S. Renaud II, Executive Director, The Ohio State University - Risk Institute
  • Kimberly Schwind, Senior Manager of Public Affairs, American Automobile Association
  • Chuck Smith, Chairman, Ohio Bicycle Federation
  • Sandy Spavone, Executive Director, Family Career and Community Leaders of America
  • Tom Stickrath, Director, Ohio Department of Public Safety
  • John Williams, Transportation Dept. Director, Ohio Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

The Ohio Traffic Safety Council is one of several initiatives launched by Governor DeWine since 2019. Other efforts include creating a work zone enforcement partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio State Highway Patrol; providing Youthful Driver Safety funding to seven Ohio juvenile courts to deliver young drivers more access to advanced driver training counties; creating the Intersection Safety Program to improve the safety of 150 rural, urban, and suburban intersections across the state; developing the "Ohio - Ready, Test, Drive!" program to help enhance the skills of new drivers; and creating several distracted driving corridors to reduce distracted driving in Ohio. Governor DeWine also worked with members of the General Assembly to introduce the Hands-Free Ohio bill, which is currently pending in the Ohio General Assembly, to strengthen Ohio's laws related to the use of wireless devices while driving.