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130 West North Street
Lima, Ohio 45801-4311
Phone: (419) 228-1836
Fax: (419) 228-3891

Prevention & Safety

Current Situation - In 2013, accidents were the 4th leading cause of death in the United States compared to the 5th leading cause of death in Allen County. Also in 2013, Allen County ranked 1st in the number of pedestrian crashes among Ohio counties with a population between 50,000 to 135,000.

Key Data Points



  • The number of Allen County youth that reported never wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle has decreased from 87% in 2009 to 53% in 2014.
  • The number of Allen County adults that reported always wearing their seatbelt while driving increased from 68% in 2009 to 88% in 2014.

Opportunities for Improvement 

  • The Allen County age-adjusted death rate due to falls has increased since 2006-2008 to the most recent data from 2011-2013.


What is being done in our Community?

Allen County Bike and Pedestrian Task Force - In addition to encouraging more physical activity in Lima and Allen County, the Task Force is working to make roadways safe for all participating in active transportation.  Safe Routes to School Programs have been implemented in Spencerville, Elida and Lima.

Safe Communities Coalition - This coalition addresses multiple traffic safety issues such as seatbelt usage, drinking and driving and distracted driving. 

Area Agency on Aging - A Matter of Balance - Managing Concerns about Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls.  Trained, volunteer coaches teach 8, 2-hour sessions in our community.

Emergency Room Nurses form Lima Memorial Hosptial and St. Rita's Medical Center participate in events throughout the year that promote safety.