Summertime Fun Should Include Safety On The Road

Tips on how to arrive at your destination safely


COLUMBUS (Friday, June 6, 2014) – School is out, summer is here and family vacations can finally begin. But, before motorists hit the highways, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) offers some things to remember.


“We do everything we can to keep motorists safe, especially in work zones,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “But motorists have a responsibility to do everything they can to keep our families and our workers safe this summer as well – stay alert, buckle up, eliminate distractions, put down the cell phones, drive sober and allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination.”


Summer, especially holiday weekends, is among the deadliest time of the year on our roadways. To arrive at your destination safely this summer, remember:


·         Put Cell Phones Down While Driving – Crashes caused by distracted drivers result in approximately 330,000 injuries every year and kill 11 people each day.

·         Move Over When You See Flashing Lights – Ohio’s new Move Over law now requires all drivers to move over one lane passing by any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside.

·         Don’t Tailgate – Following too closely is the leading cause of crashes in Ohio. Leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you

·         Slow Down – Obey reduced speed limits. Remember, fines for speeding are doubled in work zones

·         Stay Alert – Avoid distractions, especially in work zones

·         Click It or Ticket Seat belts are the most effective safety feature and help save lives.

·         Know Before You Go – Visit for up-to-the-minute traffic flow, construction information and weather conditions


When driving through work zones, motorists can improve safety by following all posted signs and obeying flaggers, expecting the unexpected and being aware that normal traffic patterns may be shifted.




For more information, contact: Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101,​