BRUNSWICK — More than 200 cars filled the Laurel Square Shopping Plaza lot Saturday for the 16th annual Safe Communities Car Show and Cruise-In.
The event, sponsored by Medina County Safe Communities and Brunswick Family Restaurant, helped bring awareness to the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” awareness campaign that runs through Sept. 3 nationwide.
“We are trying to get our traffic and safety messages out there and shared,” said Director Jessica Miles of Medina County Safe Communities. “There have been three fatal crashes in Medina County this year, two of which involved an impaired driver.”
“Drunk driving, one of the deadliest and most-often committed, yet preventable crimes has become a serious safety epidemic in our county,” Miles said. “Do your part by being a responsible driver and help keep our roadways safe and never drink and drive.”
At the show, coalition members distributed traffic safety materials and conducted activities with participants to demonstrate the dangers of driving impaired.
Each year, the Medina County Safe Communities Coalition puts on between 15 and 20 events where it is able to collaborate with different groups, interact with various communities and share its messages. Other campaigns include Click It or Ticket, Stay Alive Don’t Text and Drive, Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, and Look Out for Motorcycles.
In addition to cars Saturday, MetroHealth Life Flight made a special appearance, along with police vehicles, food and music.
Members of local police and fire departments from Brunswick, Brunswick Hills and Medina, as well as Medina County park rangers and Ohio Highway Patrol, participated.
Tiny Zambrzycki, of Litchfield Township, and Dave Douglas, of York Township, have been bringing their cars to the show for years.
“You really get to know everyone. Everyone is willing to help each other out. It’s like a family,” Zambrzycki said.
The Medina County Safe Communities Coalition is a collaboration of law enforcement, health care agencies, fire departments, nonprofit agencies, school districts, the media and local businesses. Its mission is to save lives and reduce injuries on Medina County roads and highways. The coalition promotes traffic safety through community events, educational opportunities, and enforcement campaigns.