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Ohio Department of Public Safety
1970 W. Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43223

Ohio Department of Transportation
1980 W. Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43223

Internet News Release

March 30, 2007

OhioSafe Commute to target high-crash locations statewide
State continues program to save lives and reduce injuries through safer driving

COLUMBUS Commuters in Ohios largest cities will see increased law enforcement on congested, high-crash freeways beginning Monday and running through May 19, as state officials collaborate to reduce injuries and fatalities on Ohio roadways.

Our highways are getting safer through cooperative initiatives like OhioSafe Commute, said Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director James Beasley. Were combining transportation improvements with targeted law enforcement to encourage drivers to slow down and make the roadways safer for all Ohioans.

OhioSafe Commute is a joint effort by ODOT and the Ohio Department of the Public Safety. Using ODOTs expert analysis of crash data and patterns, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and metro area police officers are strategically stationed in high-crash corridors to enforce safer speeds and clear crashes quickly to prevent congestion.

In 2006, OhioSafe Commute corridors experienced a drop in crashes by up to 18 percent and decreased speeds by up to 7.4 percent.

We want to build on OhioSafe Commutes past successes to make metropolitan interstates as safe as possible, Major Robert W. Booker, Jr., Interim Superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said. Through focused enforcement and traffic safety services, along with the commitment from the motoring public to make driving safely a priority, we can reduce crashes and the associated economic impact of those crashes, to make everyone's commute safer.

In 2006, Ohio experienced a 7 percent reduction in crashes and fatalities. Last year based on provisional data, there were 331,657 crashes in Ohio and 1,237 highway-related deaths compared to 358,127 crashes and 1,326 deaths in 2005.

OhioSafe Commute will kick off its 2007 effort in the following locations: (Note: crash data is for 2006 and ADT is Average Daily Traffic)

  •  I-75 in Dayton from East River to Needmore Rd. (10 miles, 535 crashes, 114,418 ADT)

  • I-71 in Cincinnati from the state line to Fields-Ertel Rd. (20 miles,1,273 crashes, 135,772 ADT)

  • I-71 in Cleveland from SR 82 to I-480 (8 miles, 291 crashes, 104,779 ADT)

Columbus

  •  I-70 from Mound St. to I-270 (9 miles, 654 crashes, 121,518 ADT)

  •   I-270 from SR 161 in Dublin to US 23 (6.5 miles, 367 crashes, 141,853 ADT)

  • I-270 from Morse Rd. to East Broad St. (6 miles, 372 crashes, 146,340 ADT)

  • SR 315 from Lane Ave. to I-270 north (8 miles, 352 crashes, 107,335 ADT)

Toledo

  • I-75 from Miami St. to Phillips Ave. (6 miles, 405 crashes, 98,534 ADT)

  • I-475 from Talmadge Rd. to I-75 (4 miles, 150 crashes, 97,241 ADT)