ODOT TEAMS UP WITH ADVENTURE HARLEY-DAVIDSON AND HOG HEAVEN TO OFFER SAFETY TIPS FOR SHARING THE ROAD
Last Bike Night of the Season to be held next Tuesday
NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO (Friday, September 16, 2011) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is joining Adventure Harley-Davidson and Hog Heaven restaurant in New Philadelphia for their last “Bike Night” of the season next Tuesday night, September 20th, as part of the state’s “Every Move You Make, Keep it Safe” roadway safety campaign.
In 2010, there were nearly 300,000 crashes across Ohio with more than 1,000 deaths and over 10,000 serious injuries. ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “Many of these crashes could have been prevented through increased safety awareness and safer driving practices.”
Crashes cost Ohioans nearly $13 billion a year. Many of these crashes occur at busy intersections and on rural roads where run-off-road crashes are common and deadly.
“Safety is ODOT’s No. 1 priority. By reducing roadway fatalities five percent by 2015, we can save 150 lives,” said MacAdam. “Everyone has the right to use Ohio’s roads, and safety is everyone’s responsibility.”
Improvements in cars and highways have helped crashes in Ohio steadily decrease since 2002. However, motorcycle-related deaths increased five percent from 2009 to 2010 with 169 reported deaths. In 2010, riders were at fault in 69 percent of motorcycle-related fatal crashes. Most crashes occur in the summer, but fall riding is also an issue. There are nearly 400,000 licensed motorcycle riders in Ohio.
ODOT officials will be passing out Share the Road safety tip cards to restaurant patrons and motorcycle enthusiasts next Tuesday night at Hog Heaven in an effort to increase awareness. MacAdam said, “It’s important to be alert, avoid distractions, respect other’s rights, and know the traffic laws. It’s up to all of us to Share the Road.”
“Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe” is designed to educate Ohioans on how to use the roads safely – whether behind the wheel, behind handlebars or on foot. Safety Tip Cards can also be found at: www.everymove.ohio.gov.
For more information, contact:
Melissa Ayers, Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, District 11 Public Information Officer, at 330-308-3949