Summertime Fun Should Include Safety On
Tips on how to arrive at your
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.
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.”
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
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 –
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.