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February 8, 2010

Madison County’s safety efforts recognized by WHO

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“Madison County is blessed by the way people and agencies work together to make our community a safe place to live, especially for our young people,” said Jordison, a health department nurse. “The level of interest and cooperation by law enforcement, the school districts, the court system, the school districts, the colleges, the hospitals, the health department and others here is amazing.”

Jordison, a native of California who came to Madison County to attend Berea College and holds degrees from Eastern Kentucky University, spearheaded creation of the safety coalition in 2000 in response to a series of traffic fatalities. The goal is to create a “culture of safety,” he said.

One of the organization’s objectives is to discourage risk-taking behaviors by teenagers.

In addition to the Ghost Out, an annual Battle of the Belts is another of the coalition’s many activities. Students in EKU’s nursing department observe automobiles as high school students leave their campuses to document the percentage who wear seat belts. The school with the highest percentage is recognized as the Battle of the Belts champion.

Madison County probably distributes more infant automobile seats, per capita, than any other Kentucky county, Jordison said.

“We don’t just distribute the seats and encourage their use,” he said, “we also provide a large amount of instruction in their proper use.”

WHO officials also were impressed by the coordinated response of local agencies to last year’s ice storm and tornado, Jordison said.

Although two people were killed by the tornado, the county suffered no fatalities from the ice storm.

Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@

richmondregister.com or at 624-6622.

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