Safety analysis shows increased dangers
of impaired driving on rural roads
ODOT and OSHP remind motorists to Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over
MARIETTA (Thursday, August 29, 2013) - A recent safety analysis released by ODOT District 10 shows impaired drivers on  rural two lane roads are nearly two times more likely to be involved in a severe or fatal crash than those on two lane urban roads.
 
To help promote the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, ODOT District 10 and Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Gallia-Meigs Post have joined forces to remind motorists of the increased dangers of impaired driving this Labor Day weekend.
 
“The numbers are clear, impaired driving on rural roads is more dangerous,” said ODOT District 10 Deputy Director Steve Williams.  “Keep southeast Ohio roads safe this holiday weekend by driving sober or having a designated driver.” 
 
From 2006-2012, 44 percent of all alcohol-related deaths or injuries on Ohio highways occurred on rural two lane roads as compared to only 25 percent occurring on urban two lane roads.  In District 10, 89 percent, or more than 1,600 miles are rural two lane, making it a high-risk area. 
 
In fact, in five of the nine counties in District 10 (Athens, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan and Vinton counties) nearly one-third of all severe injuries or fatalities were alcohol-related.
 
Compared to two lane urban roads, rural two lane roads have higher speeds and narrow lanes and shoulders that provide less room for recovery when a vehicle leaves the travel lane or road.
 
According to Lt. Max Norris of the OSHP Gallia-Meigs Post, officers will be working more than 130 extra enforcement hours this holiday weekend to help keep Ohio’s roads safe.
 
“Even with extra enforcement hours, law enforcement can’t do it alone,” said Lieutenant Norris. “We need the public’s help to be extra eyes and ears out there.”  
 
Contact the Patrol at #677 if you encounter a suspected impaired driver.
 
Use #SafeSEOhio to share with your friends and family how you plan to make safe decisions this Labor Day weekend.  ODOT District 10 can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ODOTD10  and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ODOTSEOhio and OSHP can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OhioStateHighwayPatrol and on Twitter at  www.twitter.com/OSHP.  
 
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For more information contact:
David Rose, ODOT District 10 Public Information Officer, at (614) 623-4814, email david.rose@dot.state.oh.us or Lt. Max Norris, OSHP Gallia-Meigs Post, at (740) 446-2433