ODOT Aims to Increase Intersection Safety
CLEVELAND (November 15, 2011) – As we head into one of the most dangerous times of the year for crashes occurring at intersections, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is aiming to reduce the number of intersection crashes by making safety upgrades and increasing public awareness of safe driving practices.
Nearly 40% of crashes at busy intersections result in serious injuries. Young drivers are particularly vulnerable, as drivers age 15 to 25 are involved in about 25% of all intersection fatalities and 35% of all intersection crashes. These types of crashes tend to peak between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
A total of 153 crashes occurred near the intersection of Carnegie Avenue and Ontario Street in Cleveland between 2008 and 2010. Nearly one-third of these crashes resulted in injuries. ODOT is working to improve the intersection design, in conjunction with the Innerbelt Bridge project, with the following upgrades:
- A second lane will be added to southbound Ontario Street with access to I-90 west and I-71 south. This will allow more vehicles to enter the freeway during peak times.
- A new truck route into and out of the Flats (East 9th Extension) will be created to reduce truck traffic at the Carnegie/Ontario intersection.
- The existing triangular island on the northwest corner of the intersection will be removed, simplifying the traffic operation.
These improvements will enhance the safety of the intersection. However, the majority of intersection crashes are caused by driver mistakes. “We are making significant safety upgrades at the intersection of Carnegie and Ontario, but many serious intersection crashes can be prevented through safer driving habits. The most common mistakes include following too close to the next vehicle and failing to yield to oncoming traffic. It’s up to all of us to stay alert,” District Deputy Director Myron Pakush said.
ODOT wants to remind motorists of some simple safety tips they can use while navigating busy intersections:
- Maintain a safe distance between vehicles
- Come to a complete stop at a stop sign
- Stay in your lane – it’s the law
- Stay on high alert and put down the cell phone
Use your Smart Phone to access our entire Intersection Safety tip card via this QR code:
ODOT’s new “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe” campaign aims to educate Ohioans on how to use the roads safely – whether behind the wheel, behind the handlebars or on foot. Crashes cost Ohio nearly $13 billion a year. This safety campaign is linked to the state’s overall goal of reducing roadway fatalities 5 percent by 2015. You can find out more about the campaign by visiting www.everymove.ohio.gov
For more information contact:
D12 Public Information office: 216-584-2006