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Ollie the Otter Celebrates With Crissy the Cricket (well, OK, scratch the cricket)

News release from Department of Transportation:
Nashville, Tenn. – The Governor’s Highway Safety Office, in partnership with First Lady Crissy Haslam, will celebrate a milestone, Tuesday, October 9th at the New Hope Academy in Franklin at 2:00 p.m. The celebration will commemorate the 400,000th child in Tennessee served by Ollie the Otter. The event will spotlight the character-driven educational program initiated and supported by the Tennessee Road Builders Association and funded through the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
“This program shares an important message with children and helps to have a safe and healthy start in life,” Mrs. Haslam said.
Ollie the Otter Booster Seat and Seat Belt Safety Program is targeted to Tennessee’s elementary school children and their caregivers. With repeated exposure and by creating a fun environment, the program reaches children at a critical age, when good safety habits are formed, teaching them to make the correct choices as they move from car seat, to booster seat, to seatbelt. The program utilizes volunteers from the safety industry. Law enforcement, emergency medical services, firefighters, educators and others from the community health field play a role in the success of Ollie the Otter.
Program founder and current TRBA Foundation Chairman Carol Coleman said the program has been endorsed by education, health and safety professionals throughout the state and nation. “In less than five school calendar years, the program has visited more than 1,400 schools, incorporating more than 23,000 classrooms throughout the state,” Coleman said. “With over 1,000 trained volunteers, Ollie has visited all 95 counties. The program promotes overall safety and focuses on the use of booster seats for children under nine, or 4 feet 9 inches tall.”
Kendell Poole, Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, praised the program for educating our children and ultimately saving lives. “The success of this program is a testament to Carol Coleman’s vision and her drive to develop a prevention piece targeted at keeping our children safe. Her leadership inspired a movement in TN. She was able to attract the right players to get involved to help make the Ollie the Otter program what it is today.”
To learn more about Ollie the Otter and how to reserve a presentation, please contact Julie Brewer at jbrewer@tntech.edu or call 931-372-3318. Visit the Ollie the Otter website at www.seatbeltvolunteer.org.

TN Traffic Fatalities Down as More Buckle Up

Traffic fatalities are down by 86 this year compared to last year, putting Tennessee on track for the first sub-900 fatality year since statistics were recorded, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
At the end of June 2010, Tennessee had 501 traffic deaths, but 2011 has only seen 415.
Although gas prices are high and police have been out in force to keep the roads safe, Clint Shrum, law enforcement liaison for the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, attributes the decline to one simple factor — more people are buckling up.
According to a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga study, seat belt usage is up to just over 87 percent from 81.6 percent last year.
“I think the message is finally hitting home. We put the message out there, ‘click it or ticket,’ buckle your seat belt because it’s the law, and people are starting to see the carnage that happens in accidents when people are not using a seat belt,” Shrum said. “That one act can determine whether you live or die in a crash.”