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Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
September 5, 2000

ODOT and ODPS Take Part in Drive Safely at Work Week


Columbus B With 86.5 percent of Americans driving to work, rush hour commutes top the list of work safety issues and concerns.

To focus attention and promote safe habits, the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) have teamed up for Drive Safely Work Week (Sept. 11-15). Throughout the week, ODPS and ODOT will educate employees on safety issues including safety belt use, aggressive driving, driver inattention, sharing the roads and impaired driving.

At a media event scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.12., Lt. Governor Maureen OConnor, director of ODPS, will discuss the importance of wearing seat belts. Colonel Kenneth Morckel, superintendent, Ohio State Highway Patrol, will speak about aggressive driving.

"Corporate and government leaders have one common goal, to reduce preventable and unnecessary crashes involving our nations workforce." OConnor said. "These lessons will save lives on Ohio roadways."

 The Lt. Governor will also be recognizing four Central Ohio companies for their continued support in educating their employees on safe driving issues. Those companies include Bob Evans Farms, Nationwide Insurance, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Defense Supply Center.

 In addition, Continental Teves Drive Safer America! Mobile Exhibit Simulator and a portable skid pad will show the proper use of four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Members of the media will have a chance to pilot a vehicle on the skid pad.

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