September is Safe Driving Month. I would like to ask what that means to you.

Will you think twice before reading a text or answering your phone? Will you keep your eyes on the road and your mind on driving? Will you do your part to make our roadways safer?

As the chief of police, I encourage you to commit to driving safely this September and always.

Improving traffic safety is one of the Dublin Police Department's primary goals.

A big part of achieving that goal is educating the community about distracted driving.

Distracted driving is doing anything that takes your mind or eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. Eating, talking and texting all limit your ability to drive a vehicle safely. Those are just a few examples.

In addition to education, the city of Dublin has a unique distracted driving ordinance.

Under Dublin's ordinance, a driver can be pulled over and issued a citation for distracted driving. It's a primary offense. Dublin police will be watching closely for signs that someone is distracted - looking down instead of at the road, fluctuating speeds, swerving on the roadway and breaking other traffic laws. In addition, our traffic unit will be conducting saturation patrols to target unsafe drivers. Our officers watch for these behaviors year round, but Safe Driving Month is an opportunity to talk more about it and raise awareness.

Gov. John Kasich declared September Safe Driving Month in honor of late Dublin resident Maria Tiberi, who was killed in a distracted driving accident in 2013.

Her family has made it their mission to educate the driving public and to ensure other families don't have to endure the same loss they went through. It is not enough to simply say you won't text while driving, although that is a great start.

Please practice defensive driving. Remember we all share the road, so stay alert and watch out for others who may not be giving their full attention to driving.

When you're behind the wheel, just drive. It's that simple.

Please learn more about our commitment to ending distracted driving by visiting the city of Dublin website

Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg submitted the City Notes column.