Presentation Description: We will be discussing the distracted lifestyle—–Distracted Walking, Distracted Driving, Distracted everything!! We will discuss why we are attached to our devices 24/7, how we can break the cycle in our own lives our families, and in our workplaces. Come prepared to discuss the challenges and dangers of distractions in your daily life.
Presenter: Sandy Wiechman
Biography: Sandy Wiechman (Weak Man) is the current coordinator of Wood County Safe Communities. After retiring in 2012 after 30 years in Law Enforcement, Sandy applied for and received funding for a Safe Communities Grant through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The funding is a pass-through grant from NHTSA – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is based upon a 3 year average of fatalities in Wood County. Bowling Green State University serves as the lead agency for the grant. Reduction of fatal crashes, education, and awareness is the primary goal of a Safe Communities Program. Under Sandy’s leadership, the Wood County Safe Communities Coalition has had many successes and accomplishments. Some of these include: “Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride” program that provides free rides home on New Year’s Eve to those within the City of Bowling Green and the surrounding 10 mile radius of Bowling Green. Implemented a successful campaign to purchase a driving simulator for use in Wood County to bring education and awareness to the problems of Impaired and Distracted Driving Collaboration with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Transportation, Sheriff’s Offices in Wood, Sandusky and Henry Counties, and their Safe Communities Coalitions to bring awareness to the dangers of
driving on State Route 6 during the 100 deadliest days of summer. A unique program that brings the Car Fit education to the seniors of Wood County on a 1:1 basis instead of a group setting. This has proven to increase participation as it eases the Seniors anxiety of asking questions and erroneous concern of law enforcement taking their drivers license. Sandy spends her free time volunteering at her church and is a member of the Wood County Park Board. She is a native of Wood County and currently lives in Bowling Green.