ODOT and Ohio Trucking Association Partner To Keep Business Moving in Ice and Snow
1,100 Ohio Companies Get Behind Winter Safety Message
CINCINNATI (December 3, 2008) - For Ohio to keep its ranking as fourth in the nation for moving goods and freight on the highways, the Ohio Department of Transportation is partnering with the Ohio Trucking Association this winter to promote ODOT’s safe driving message of Ice and Snow… Take It Slow.
Last winter, there were 2,017 crashes on Ohio’s roadways involving trucks; 11 of the accidents were fatal.
At a special event along I-75 near Cincinnati, ODOT and representatives of the Ohio Trucking Association shared the unique challenges truck drivers face in winter weather, including the need for more time and more space to slow down and stop in treacherous conditions.
“Far too often, these crashes involve multiple drivers. Four out of every five crashes involving a semi in the winter include one or more other cars,” said Hans Jindal, ODOT District 8 Deputy Director. “This mission of keeping highways safe and passable also includes a commitment to keep business moving and flowing. If we want to make sure that business and economic development are never frozen in Ohio, we must all remember that in Ice and Snow… Take It Slow.”
An estimated 600 million tons of freight valued at $1.6 trillion are annually moved by trucks on the state’s highways.
The Ohio Trucking Association represents more than 1,100 trucking companies across the state.
“Our members recognize the importance of compliance and safety,” said Larry Woolum, the association’s Director of Regulatory Affairs. “We recognize the benefits of safe highways: from reducing injuries and deaths to maintaining an effective and efficient transportation system that you can rely upon, all Ohioans benefit.”
Some of the other safe driving tips shared with Ohio truckers this winter include a reminder to have braking systems and tires inspected before each run; checking fuel supplies to make sure there’s at least half-a-tank; and reviewing routes ahead of a trip.
ODOT reminds all travelers to know before you go: log on to ODOT’s premiere website BuckeyeTraffic.org for up-to-the-minute highway information on weather and road conditions, road closures, Highway Patrol accident updates and traffic congestion alerts; all available 24-hours a day, seven days a week
For more information, contact Nancy Burton,
ODOT Central Office Communications, at (614) 728-8915
or your local ODOT District Communications Office.