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ODOT working diligently to clear roadways of dangerous drifting snow
Look for the Lights

COLUMBUS (Friday, February 26, 2010) With the latest forecasts predicting snow until late Saturday throughout Ohio, crews with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) are working diligently now and through the weekend to keep interstates, U.S. and State routes, ramps and bridges safe and passable.  

ODOT encourages drivers to stay alert, be prepared and Look for the Lights. Each snow plow is equipped with a number of warning lights to make sure motorists are aware of their presence.

A review by ODOT's safety experts show that two out of every five accidents so far this season have been caused by drivers simply going too fast for the conditions. A number of incidents where motorists trying to pass snow plows have caused rear-end crashes with snow plows.

Remember, snow plows travel at reduced speeds while treating and plowing roadways. They slow down even more when approaching bridges, ramps and overpasses. A plow operator’s field of vision is limited.

Many times, plows are fighting drifting snow mounds from the sides of the roads forcing them to travel partially on shoulders and lanes. Drivers are advised not to pass snow plows unless a safe and clearly assured distance is established.

With high winds causing blowing snow and drifting, road conditions are changing from mile-to-mile and minute-to-minute. In Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.

During Friday's morning rush hour, more than 1,000 ODOT snowplows and vehicles are combating ice and snow across the state - targeting interstates, U.S. and State routes, ramps and bridges.

Over the weekend, ODOT will be constantly updating BuckeyeTraffic.org, the state’s premier website for winter road conditions, updates on accidents and major delays, and access to live traffic cameras and weather monitors across the state.

A growing number of Ohioans are also using ODOT’s newest tool to “KNO B4 U GO” on the free website Twitter. Hundreds of new followers have joined the nearly 5000 subscribers to ODOT’s winter traffic updates in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Akron, and Cincinnati.

For more information contact:
Paula Putnam, Central Office Communications, at 614-728-8915

Or Your Local ODOT Communications Office  at 216-584-2006