Monday, April 07, 2008

SLOW DOWN ~ PAY ATTENTION

COLUMBUS- Spring is here and road improvement projects around the state are scheduled to begin. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, reminds drivers to slow down and be aware of their surroundings while driving through work zones this season. The Ninth Annual National Work Zone Awareness Week will run today through April 11.

The Patrol is working to enhance safety in work zones across the state through increased enforcement by Patrol Troopers and Motor Carrier Enforcement Inspectors. Last year, there were a total of 5,845 crashes in work zones on Ohio roadways. Of those crashes, 13 were fatal and 1,404 (24%) involved injuries. Road crews were present in the work zones for more than onethird (36%) of the crashes. Three in five (62%) work zone crashes in 2007 took place in daylight and on dry roads.

Counties having the highest percentage of fatal and injury crashes in 2007 occurring in work zones include Franklin (13.5%); Hamilton (11.8%); Montgomery (10.4%); Cuyahoga (10.0%); and Summit (7.3%). Twenty counties had no fatal or injury crashes in work zones in 2007.

The most common cause of work zone crashes last year were following too closely, or failing to maintain assured clear distance.

The Patrol recommends the following safety tips for driving in work zones:
• Slow down and minimize distractions
• Keep a safe distance between your vehicle the vehicle in front of you
• Pay attention to signs, obey road crew flaggers and do not change lanes
• Expect delays
• Be patient and stay calm

To view construction projects in your area visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/links.htm

The Patrol continues to ask motorists to call 1-877-7 PATROL to report impaired or aggressive drivers.

4 Comments:

Anonymous James said...

1-800-grab-dui :)

11:05 PM  
Anonymous karl said...

Seems rather interesting that Franklin County (where the state capital is located) tops the list for most accidents. Wonder if this is because that is where most of our road construction dollars are being spent or if they are the worst drivers??

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice of you to remind driver's about this.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good of you to remind people about being careful around construction workers and police officers. Keep up the good job.

12:19 PM  

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