The Sylvania Township Police Department has recovered many bicycles that were found and turned into the police department by our residents or officers on patrol. These bicycles may have been taken from your residences and a police report never filed. The department is seeking to locate the owners of these bicycles. If you have lost or had a bicycle taken, please contact the Sylvania Township Police Department. If you do not know the serial number but have some other means of identifying the bicycle besides a serial number, please bring that with you. We are looking to return bicycles to the rightful owner, otherwise, these bicycles will be donated. If you have a bicycle that you feel may have been recovered by the police department, please contact Tammy Martin, Property-Evidence Manager at 419.882.1735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safety Township is a program for all Sylvania children that will be entering kindergarten this fall. The program is a two and a half hour session each day for five days. Teachers, Police Officers, Fire Personnel and a host of special guests will interact with children daily. Each day the children will receive instructions concerning various safety issues like the danger of strangers, fire safety, bus safety, electrical safety, etc. Registration forms are available on the webiste. Go to the "General" tab and click on it. Go to "Forms" where the Safety Township Registration form can be located. Forms will also be available at Kindergarten information sessions at all Sylvania elementary schools. This year Safety Township will be held at the new Central Trail Elementary school which is located at 4321 Mitchaw Road.
Patrol offers tips and warnings about driving in winter weather
COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers about the dangers of driving in winterweather and is offering some tips on what drivers should do in the event of a vehicle break down or a crash.
From December 2011 through March 2012, 15,526 crashes occurred on snow, ice or slush covered roadways killing 27 people and injuring 4,529. Speed-related factors were reported as a cause in 72 percent of these crashes. To view a breakdown of winter crashes visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/Winter_Driving_Bulletin_2012.pdf
In the event of inclement weather, the Patrol is urging motorists to allow extra time to get to their destination, maintain a safe distance between their vehicle and the traffic ahead, pay close attention to bridges and overpasses – as they are often the first to freeze over – and to drive slowly, as everything including accelerating, turning and braking, take longer on snow-covered roadways.
“In case of a vehicle breakdown, motorists should turn on their hazard warning lights, safely position the vehicle as far off the road as possible, call #677 for assistance and remain in the vehicle until help arrives,” explained Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent.
Troopers further suggest that if you get stuck in snow; make sure that your tail pipe is free of all snow and debris, to decrease your chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.
All motorists are encouraged to prepare their vehicle for winter driving by ensuring that the battery, cooling system, tires, wipers and defroster are all in working order. Drivers are also encouraged to carry the following winter car kit items in their vehicle in case of a breakdown:
- Cell phone with car charger
- Road flares or reflectors
- Help or Call Police signs
- First aid kit
- Blanket/Sleeping bag
- Small shovel
- Bottled water and energy foods
- Candles and matches
- Tow strap/chain
Up-to-the-minute road conditions are always available by logging onto the Ohio Department of Transportation's website, www.buckeyetraffic.org.
Wireless Communication Devices and Driving Ban
The state's new texting and driving ban is now in effect. A six-month warning period follows Governor John R. Kasich's signing of the texting act, meaning enforcement will begin on or about March 1, 2013. Warnings will be issued for the first six months to begin to inform drivers of this new law.
The new Ohio distracted driving laws have two levels of enforcement. One for adult drivers, where the use of wireless communication devices while driving is a secondary offense. And a second for drivers under the age of 18, where texting and the use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices will be a primary offense.
Fines for adult violators are $150. Fines for teen violators will be both a $150 fine and a 60-day license suspension. For teens with multiple violations fines could be as high as $300 with the possble loss of driver's license for one year.
GUIDELINES FOR DRUG DISPOSAL
On September 29, 2012 the Sylvania Township Police Department partcipated in a drug drop-off program. If you were unable to attend this event, below are guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration on how to safely dispose of unwanted drugs.
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