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For Immediate Release: May 15, 2012
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792

The Mid-Ohio School receives Patrol’s 2011 Partners for Safety Award


COLUMBUS – The Mid-Ohio School received the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s 2011 Partners for Safety Award today during the Morrow County Click-it or Ticket event. Presenting the Award at The Mid-Ohio School to President Craig Rust and Director Steve Bidlack was Captain Patrick Vessels, Commander of the Patrol’s Columbus District and S/Lt. Chad McGinty, former post commander of the Mt. Gilead Post and current legislative liaison for the Patrol.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Partners for Safety Award recognizes local level partnerships that help in the development of state and local programs to increase the overall safety on Ohio roadways. The Patrol established the Award in 2005 to recognize private sector organizations that take an active role in promoting traffic safety initiatives.

During the past year, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and The Mid-Ohio School have partnered to promote traffic safety to Ohio teens through the program Key to Safe Teen Driving, sponsored by Key Bank and Kumho Tire U.S.A. This was the third year of the program and first year in partnership with the Patrol. The program travels throughout the state, offering free defensive driving instruction to teenagers with a valid learner’s permit.

The Patrol’s Mt. Gilead Post and The Mid-Ohio School have partnered for several years offering driving training instruction to Morrow and Knox County students; however, this was the first year of collaboration on the Key to Safe Teen Driving program. The partnership is part of the Patrol’s effort to continue the downward trend of teen car crashes and has local-area troopers helping teach at the events.

“We have been honored to work with the Ohio State Highway Patrol on the Morrow County Click it or Ticket campaign the past couple years,” said President Craig Rust. “Expanding that relationship statewide was a natural addition to the Key to Safe Teen Driving program in 2011 and we’re happy to have them on board again in 2012 as the program continues to grow.”

The free training focuses on helping new drivers make swift decisions and keep better control of their car in the instance of a crash. The three hour training event involves classroom education as well as in-car practice for hazardous driving situations. The 2012 program will travel to seven Ohio cities, offering 10 free training opportunities. For more information visit

The Patrol’s Partners for Safety program involves developing partnerships at the local level with businesses, community groups, health and safety organizations, law enforcement agencies, and schools. Previous Award recipients include Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. (2005), Pizza Hut (2006), the American Motorcyclist Association (2007), AK Steel (2008), the Cincinnati Bengals (2009) and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats (2010).

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