CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Bengals have received the Ohio State Highway Patrol's 2009 Partners for Safety Award.
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. In the past three NFL seasons, the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Batavia Post and Cincinnati Bengals have partnered to promote traffic safety to Bengals players, fans and the Cincinnati community.
Through the local partnership, state troopers have made safety presentations to the Bengals team during training camp in three consecutive seasons – including this season during which a portion of the presentation was featured on the HBO series Hard Knocks.
In addition, this season the partnership continued with a wallet-sized card containing OVI stats on one side and local taxi cab phone numbers on the other. The cards are being distributed outside Paul Brown Stadium prior to each Bengals home game.
Last season also featured a, "Fans don't let fans drive drunk," message from the Cincinnati Bengals, Patrol's Batavia Post and Cincinnati Police Department in an OVI awareness effort. Bengals players Shayne Graham and Chinedum Ndukwe appeared in a commercial about the dangers of impaired driving that aired during Bengals Weekly, and on internal monitors and scoreboards at Paul Brown Stadium during Bengals games.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety's Ohio Traffic Safety Office purchased paid advertising last season and again this season because Bengals programming provides a great way to reach its audience and the Bengals are supportive of the messaging through other partnerships as well.