Practice safety first

Published 10:49 am Thursday, July 9, 2015

Whether it be driving down the street to the grocery store or traveling several hundred miles to take a family vacation, motorist safety should always be on the forefront.

While we now there is typically an increased law enforcement presence on the roadways around holidays, it is important for drivers to obey all traffic laws.

Unfortunately, over the July 4 weekend, around Ohio the lives of seven people were taken while traveling.

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Working to crack down on those who break the law and maintaining public safety will always be the primary role of law enforcement. Whether it is impaired driving or simply being a danger to other drivers, this is not only the responsibility of law enforcement but other motorists as well.

Drivers should never make a call or text while operating a vehicle. And they can also help to alert law enforcement of potential dangers.

While the seven fatal crashes in 2015 is down from the 13 for the same period in 2014, this still brings front and center the need for motorists to obey all laws when behind the wheel.

Ultimately, we need to remember that we are an example for the next generation of drivers who are taking to the roadways for the first time each day.

Let’s always remember to practice safety first.