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Division of Planning
Systems Planning & Program Management
Safety

Click it or ticket photoOne of the greatest challenges facing Ohio is reducing the number of fatalities and injuries and the costs associated with traffic crashes statewide.

In 2011, there were 298,331 crashes in Ohio – 1,015 people were killed and 108,313 people were injured.  In addition to the emotional impact, the economic cost to Ohio is about $10 billion per year in lost wages, increased health care and other related costs.

The vast majority of these crashes are caused by driver error.  To reduce crashes and injuries, and save lives, the Ohio Department of Transportation is working with the Department of Public Safety, the public and local, state and federal agencies to: identify and improve high-crash and severe-crash locations through engineering; enforce traffic laws; and promote safe driving behavior through public education.

For more Safety Program details, please explore the following websites:

 

 ODOT Highway Safety Manual (HSM) Implementation and Training Classes

 

​ODOT is currently developing several workshops and training classes related to the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) and its implementation for the department.

For implementation progress and course information, please Click Here.

 

 Crash Data & Trends

 

​To view crash data & trends, crash statistic maps, crash rate information and other highway safety information, visit the following pages on the Systems Planning website:

 

 Fast Facts

 
​Many of Ohio's deaths and injuries could have been avoided through safer driver behavior.  Almost 500 lives could be saved each year if all motorists used a seatbelt, drove sober and traveled at appropriate speeds.

 

2012 Fatalities:

Crash Type Total Fatalities Percent of All Fatalities
Fixed Object 332 30%
Alcohol 470 42%
No Safety Belt 419 37%
Speed 347 31%
Intersection 294 26%

Note that most fatalities involve multiple factors (ex. crash involving alcohol, no safety belt, and a tree)

 

 New Safety Campaign

 
Every Move You Make
Keep It Safe
ODOT's comprehensive roadway safety campaign aims to educate Ohioans on how to use the roads safely - whether behind the wheel, behind the handlebars or on foot. Visit the site for helpful and informative tip cards and multimedia material related to safety issues such as distracted driving, roadway departure, intersection safety and safe routes to school.
 

 Contact

 
 

 Report a Signal

 

ODOT invites Bike and Motorcycle riders to contact an ODOT advocate to report problems with traffic signals and roadway conditions.

Email

bike.report@dot.state.oh.us

or call

(614) 387-0722

Accomplishments

Ohio has made significant improvements in highway safety over the past several years.  Since 2002, Ohio fatalities have decreased 24%; serious injuries decreased 14%; all injuries decreased 24%; and all crashes decreased 22%.

 Historical Crash Fatalities