News Release

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

District 10 • 338 Muskingum Drive • Marietta, Ohio 45750 • http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Districts/D10

Kindergarteners Learn to Drive ODOT Salt Truck

MARIETTA (December 1, 2009) As part of The Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) "Ice and Snow…Take It Slow" public awareness campaign, two members of ODOT’s Washington County Garage visited Little Hocking Elementary to show kids firsthand how salt trucks are used and how ODOT uses them to keep the roads safe.

On Tuesday, November 24th, Ms. Hess’s kindergarten class from Little Hocking Elementary listened and watched as they got to explore and learn about dump trucks and road safety.

This is the second year that ODOT has visited Little Hocking Elementary to promote winter safety and teach kindergarteners more about trucks, which coincides with Ms. Hess’s reading curriculum.

"The kids are reading books about dump trucks and this allows them to jump inside and experience how one actually operates," explained Jim Kemp, Washington County Transportation Manager.

ODOT has more than 1,700 plow trucks and more than 3,000 drivers ready to clear ice and snow. ODOT maintains nearly 39,000 lane miles of highway which carries approximately two thirds of the state’s daily traffic.

Staying alert and being a careful and informed driver is the best way motorists can travel safely this winter. ODOT’s best advice: in "Ice and snow… Take it Slow."

To see a video of the Little Hocking Elementary kindergarteners in action, visit www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/d10