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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 2012-2016, 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 2012-2016, 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


Opportunities for Improvement 

  • The Allen County age-adjusted death rate due to falls has increased since 2006-2008 to the most recent data from 2014-2016.
  • The number of Allen County youth that reported never wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle has increased from 53% in 2014 74% in 2017.


What is being done in our Community?

The Safe Community Coalition is coordinated by the Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission. This coalition addresses multiple traffic safety issues such as seatbelt usage, drinking and driving and distracted driving.

MOVESafe Allen County is a product of the Allen County Safe Community Coalition, working to address safety issues related to active transportation.

Area Agency on AgingA Matter of Balance 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 eight 2-hour sessions in the community.

Emergency room nurses from Lima Memorial Health System and Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center participate in events throughout the year that promote safety.