ODOT and local safety forces team up to promote Distracted Driver Awareness
ODOT Reminds Drivers: “Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive”
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, October 19, 2015) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Perry Township Police, and the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to promote safe driving later this week at the Walmart in Salem, Ohio.
Together, safety officials will present the Distracted Driver Simulator at the Salem Walmart on October 22nd and 23rd between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and test their ability to drive while distracted by taking a spin on the simulator. (Photo ops available.)
ODOT has seven simulators that travel across the state to high schools, fairs, and other public events to remind drivers of the dangers of distracted driving, including texting and cell phone use.
In 2013, Ohio law enforcement agencies reported 62 deaths, 762 serious injuries, and 17,594 crashes that were attributed to distracted driving. However, many crashes go unreported each year, because it can be difficult for officers to prove distraction.
The Distracted Driver Simulator features a computer-generated simulation of texting while driving. The set-up includes a steering wheel, turn indicators, and gas and brake pedals. After “buckling up,” the driver takes the wheel and tries to drive with distractions.
The participant receives a phone call, sends a text message and listens to passenger conversations while driving. It doesn’t take long before the driver makes an error and is involved in a crash that results in simulated interactions with police, medical staff, and a judge.
“ODOT wants drivers to understand that every time they talk or text behind the wheel they are making a choice that could have devastating and irreversible consequences,” said ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam. “It’s always safer to put the phone down until driving is done.”
Many crashes can be prevented through better safety awareness and safe-driving practices. Find out more by visiting: www.everymove.ohio.gov.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information, contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email Becky.Giauque@dot.ohio.gov