Officer, Cincinnati, Amy Murray discussed on Scott Sloan
Back at at this morning. Seven hundred wwl wwl's tired after watching the national championship beat down last night. We'll be talking about that later on in the morning, and we begin with much much more serious news than college football. Of course. And it has to do with the safety of all of us as pedestrians and motorists than city Cincinnati at times, we're one or the other right, as you know, on Friday Coleraine police officer was struck and it turns out that that was a fatal accident. He's out investigating rain-soaked road and call rain. There was an accident there as often happens when whether gets implement and Dale woods gets out of his patrol car. He's a fifteen year veteran and Adele woods is then as he's investigating the crash struck himself and he succumbed to his injuries overnight. It just a heartbreaking story for those in this and in the community to when you lose a police officer in a fashion of being on the job like this, it affects all of us and something is as tragic as this. Of course. Wines. You bring you together. I know the the chlorine. Police department has received under Mark Danny a lot of encouragement. And of course, kind words I'll add to that mix in whatever slight way, they may be with the loss of officer. Del would passing away last night with his family by his side, and it kind of fits into what we're talking about this morning with law and public safety co-chair Amy Murray, and that is Cincinnati streets, and this is call rain, but I conclude call rain as much as Cincinnati's anything. Of course. And we've learned over the past couple of years at streets or Cincinnati are very very dangerous out of the big three cities in in the state, according to data from two thousand seventeen Cincinnati is the most dangerous we had a case of a young girl getting struck and killed in a crosswalk walking to school near western hills university high school, and we've had several accidents like this involving Carson passages the point where law and public safety has decided to take up the issue Amy Murray. Good morning, good morning. And I want to also extend my condolences in court. I'm so fat. And I noticed the whole communities just devastated with the loss of officer DALE'S. And you know, we're talking about pedestrian safety is a police officer. You never know what you're going to have to deal with on a day to day basis. And it's just waiting for our community all the public safety officers in the region when you lose someone I am just it's just devastating to watch for Dale any past I guess quietly last night too and fought like a like the where he is for the last few days hanging onto life. But did that make it, but you know, there's a bigger takeaway here too. And here's an officer Amy Marie investigating a crash scene, which means that you have lights on you have a well at area, you have patrol cars, of course, with their lights activated warning other motorists to slow down and be careful and yet he becomes another statistic. Unfortunately, when we're crossing the street downtown Cincinnati or anywhere. We don't have the same lights near us in the same protections in the alert. Two other people out there. And we have a lot of tragedies. What makes Cincinnati so uniquely different Amy Murray, in your opinion that we are the most dangerous of Ohio's three biggest cities when it comes to pedestrians and cars why? Well, you know, I it's we're looking at it, and we had this. Let me go back. We we had a medium on public safety yesterday and Gaby Rodriguez parents were there, and she was a girl that was struck and killed by, you know, high school, and we're trying to deal with city council of how can we prevent any of this from happening, and especially right now schools because we have a lot of kids that are getting on metro buses while it dark in the morning crossing streets, where maybe Dr Crosswalks, and you know, part of what we're doing is we're putting flashing lights in the Crosswalks in the school area. But people know, but what's interesting Sloan is as you may recall a few weeks ago. There was another person that was struck a date or high school. And there was a police officer with their lights on at that. Same intersection. So people knew that there was a crosswalk coming up. There's a police car there were lights and someone was still struck. So what we really really have to focus on is driver, safety and pedestrian safety. And we're going to do everything we can to get lights and flashing things and signed twit people know, but I just ask everyone out there. That's driving. We just have to be more vigilant. We absolutely must and out there. The Rodriguez family. Mr. MRs Rodriguez came in yesterday too public safety and talked about the death of their daughter. Their lost. And it just really strike home. That is a driver you're driving. You might not notice if someone comes out, you know, we always childhood between parked cars. So I just encourage everyone that's driving just be extra vigilant. I even noticed myself after this meeting yesterday because it was just so devastating. There were probably three times that I had cracked my cellphone. I'm driving either changing the radio station or someone call them. I know I'm just focusing on the road. And I'd agree. I found I've been driving behind you. You're a terrible driver. But I'm just encouraging people that you really have to just stay focused and just say whatever else is going on in the car you have to ignore it. You should not be texting on the phone or anything like that. I mean because when you just hear the loss of a family to their daughter that was killed by a car. And now officer would then you know, it happened. I think more than four hundred times in the greater Cincinnati area that was hit by a car. And so and I would encourage pedestrians. Also when you are crossing a street, you know, whether it's at a crosswalk, which ideally where it should be. But if it's not you got to really look because you can't assume the cars are going to see you. And you know, we really need to get that message out that every needs. We're gonna do everything we can to make Crosswalks in areas safer and superintendent Mitchell was at our meeting yesterday because the CPS superintendent because she's so concerned about this. And you know, part of it is if you have a metro buses picking students up if it's not near crosswalk. Walk then you are going to have people on the other side of the road crossings, and some of these roads are very busy in the morning and all day long. So we're really looking at those. So that we're not forcing our high school students are junior high students to have to cross it in a dangerous area council person, Amy she's co-chair law and public safety talking about Cincinnati streets is the most dangerous in Ohio when it comes to pedestrian and car accidents, four hundred accidents in there was something like nine or ten fails. I believe in Hamlin county alone last year, which is a high watermark over the last two decades and this fits in, of course, with the profound tragedy of the death of officer. Dell wasn't cool rain struck by a car while investigating a crash scene. And I look at this Amy Murray in as you dig down to the details of these accidents now, those fatal accidents, and you were saying, you know, be careful behind the wheel of a car don't text and drive pay attention, but in almost all except for the Gabrielle Rodriguez tragedy. She was crossing crosswalk and out of the ten nine of them. The pedestrian was at fault. So I look at that and go can we do better with Crosswalks, but do people just not care or pay attention when they're walking I understand the driving element. And it's easy to let lay the blame. It it distractions and devices, but what responsibility in burden does the pedestrian have. Well, they absolutely do. And part of our transplant part of what our transportation department said yesterday. Excuse me, is that we need more. I guess three in education, and that's not going to solve the problem. But especially for school students, excuse me, we need to let them know that they need to be careful when they get in cross even if you're in a crosswalk, you're not invincible cars are still coming. They might not see you. And so we're looking right now at least at the school Crosswalks of quitting fines up, you know. Just reminding people some of the new systems that we're going to have slow any persons in the crosswalk would hit a light. And then it will start flashing so that motorists know that they're coming. So hopefully by three and doing that don't think about it. And we need to make sure that they do press the button for the light goes off. So that motorists notice are in that crosswalk, but you know, someone's driving along and if they're distracted for a minute and looking down and you get in the crosswalk. They might not see you. And even though you have the right away. It's a bigger vehicle. You know, you're the one that's going to be injured. So we're really trying to work with people that when you're in a crosswalk you've got to proceed with. Caution. And I can't tell you how many times, you know. I see people that go and Crosswalks and assume I'm in a crosswalk. Safe. But you absolutely cannot assume that you need to look every direction, and if a car is coming you'd have that I contact with the driver to make sure that they see your eyes. And you know, that they see you. Yeah. No question about that. And and that is the thing even in a car, I look left. I look, right. I look left again before I drive through an intersection this morning. I'm driving and getting off the ramp to to Montgomery road here at the station off seventy one and my light turns green, I look left. Look, right. I look left again about to hit the gas in this dude blows through the late late red light had I just gone as soon as the light turned green like a race car. I. You know, he's pretty far away. I don't think I would have been struck. I probably would have reacted. But that's why you gotta do that. Because people aren't paying attention and clearly blowing through a red light. So he can get the McDonald's I love to go and slap that guy around, but I had to get to work to come talk to you. So. We we have these tragedies across all the time because people are in a hurry. Is it really that important to get that Cup of coffee is worth deliberately going through a red light or not paying attention. Because you gotta get that text message that someone just sent you. All it takes us a simple distraction. I'm guilty of it as anyone else looking at my phone driving fast. I I get it. Here's me preaching. And I need to take better care. How I handle my business behind the wheel. Because in the blink of an eye. It could be over for you or a complete stranger whose life could end tragically like like this, officer woods and Coleraine township. And that's again, that's an active crashing where you have lights activated. That's the one. I don't understand is is this happens. All the time you see videos like the state highway patrol where they've got a vehicle pulled over the lights are activated. The troopers on the side of the road, and bam somebody hits the car. I don't understand how you don't get over or how you wind up striking a vehicle that has its lights activated. That makes no sense to me. It makes absolutely no sense. And we've had two accidents like that with officer woods, and then the young girl at high school where priests lights were flashing. We were sitting there we as a city. We're trying to do everything we could to what people know here's a crosswalk, and so it's really both on the driver. And honestly, Australian, but you know, I think of myself as a conscientious driver but yesterday after the Rodriguez family where they are. And it just touched me so much because having you know, they lost a daughter and people can look down and be distracted in a minute. And not only could you hit song. But your life changes. Also, you know, no one wakes up in the morning and gets behind the wheel of their car and thinks that this is going to happen. And when it happens, you hear people say, I just looked down for a minute or I get that. So you know, I would just encourage everyone. We've really got a relook at it. Because when you and I learned to drive you didn't have all those distractions. You might have a cassette tape in your car. But you know, you didn't have a lot of distractions of other things that are going to buzz and beef in your car. So I think urge everyone driving right now. Just be extra cautious. And, you know, the Rodriguez family made a comment and said, you know, we had never walked with our daughter the route she went to school to realize how dangerous it was or as far as where she had across some of the streets..