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Recognizing Oswego County Selects Billie Crandall Brady as July Community Champion

OSWEGO, NY – Recognizing Oswego County is pleased to announce that Billie Crandall Brady, Coordinator of the Oswego County Traffic Board, has been selected as July’s community champion.

From left are: Abby Jenkins, ROC co-chair and program coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network and the ROC Community Champion award winner for July Billie Crandall Brady, coordinator of the Oswego County Traffic Board.
From left are: Abby Jenkins, ROC co-chair and program coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network and the ROC Community Champion award winner for July Billie Crandall Brady, coordinator of the Oswego County Traffic Board.

Each month, Recognizing Oswego County uses this recognition effort as a platform for emphasizing the wonderful work that is happening in Oswego County to promote the health and wellness of children, families and adults.

The theme for July was traffic safety.

Billie Crandall Brady has been with the Traffic Safety Board of Oswego County for 13 years.  Funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the Traffic Safety Board provides outreach and education related to child passengers, bicycles, pedestrians, motor vehicles and occupant restraints.

“Our programs touch people of all ages” Brady said.

When asked what the most pressing traffic safety issue in Oswego County is, Brady listed three.

One issue is the aging population and the increase in older drivers that will occur over the next few decades.

Brady said it will be important to provide education to older drivers and to offer in-car driving classes.

The second issue affecting the county is drinking and driving.

With alcohol use and motor vehicle crash rates higher than the state average, Oswego County needs to focus on this problem.

Brady said she does her best to drive this message home, especially when she talks to high school age children.

The third most pressing traffic issue is the lack of a universal seat belt law in New York State that would require all passengers to wear occupant restraints.

One of Brady’s most impactful presentations aimed at high school students is called “Back Seat Bullet,” which shows what can happen during an accident to a person riding in the back seat of a car who is not buckled up.

Billie said she really wants young people to understand that a single choice to drink and drive or not wear a seat belt can have serious consequences.

One project Brady was very proud to be part of is a recent effort by the Oswego Network of Entrepreneurs to improve pedestrian safety.

Along with other local organizations, they made improvements to make the Oswego community friendlier for walkers.

She hopes to continue to develop partnerships to expand this project into other areas of the county.

In nominating Billie Crandall Brady as a Community Champion, Diane Oldenburg, Health Educator for the Oswego County Health Department, said that, “Billie is a true champion of traffic safety.  She finds creative ways to engage the residents of Oswego County about traffic safety issues; whether it’s puppet shows for preschoolers or talking with older adults about safe driving or pedestrian issues, Billie is passionate about making everyone safer on Oswego County roadways.”

Recognizing Oswego County focuses on the positive efforts that are being made in the community.

The vision of Recognizing Oswego County is “Working together, sharing our expertise, experience and resources, to focus on community awareness for healthier and more positive communities in Oswego County.”

Group members include representatives from a broad range of community organizations as well as individual community members.

Each month, the group selects a theme.

Guest speakers are invited to attend monthly meetings to share the good work they are doing and nominations are solicited for Community Champions.

For the month of August, Recognizing Oswego County is soliciting nominations of exceptional individuals or organizations working to improve the community in the area of Personal/Educational Development.

To nominate a person or group for recognition for August, contact Abby Jenkins at [email protected] or 315-343-2344 ext. 21.  Nominations are due by August 7.

To learn more about positive things that are happening in Oswego County, check out Recognizing Oswego County’s Facebook page.

Billie Crandall Brady does traffic safety presentations to groups of all ages.

She can be contacted at [email protected]