OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2008
ODOT Reminds Motorists: First is Worst About Week's Forecasted Winter Weather
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) --With the forecasted winter weather this week, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 wants to remind motorists that the first winter storm is always the worst.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible said, "Whether its November or February, we want drivers to remember that if there's Ice and Snow... Take it Slow."
Winter driving is just not normal. Travel conditions can change from mile to mile, minute to minute. However, Bible said something that doesn't seem to change is the fact that the first storm always seems to be the worst. "Many motorists have forgotten the winter driving skills they developed the previous winter, and that first snow just seems to be really slippery."
ODOT and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) have teamed up this season to remind motorists of this important safety message.
OSHP Lt. Eric Escola, from the New Philadelphia Post, asks for drivers to use extra caution on bridges and overpasses. Escola said, "Bridges and overpasses always freeze first, especially this time of year. Additionally, speed limits are for when pavement is clear and dry. Best advice for drivers: Ice and Snow, Take it Slow."
ODOT encourages motorists to be prepared this winter season by logging onto BuckeyeTraffic.org for up-to-the-minute road conditions. Last winter, ODOT’s Web site received more than 117 million hits during the winter driving season.
For more information, contact:
Becky McCarty, Public Information Officer, at 330-308-3949 or at Becky.McCarty@dot.state.oh.us.
ODOT District 11 serves Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.
ODOT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.