ODOT study reveals tragedy caused by drunk driving

July 4th Weekend Traffic Report

COLUMBUS (Thursday, June 30, 2011)Last year, 1-in-10 crashes over the July 4th holiday weekend involved alcohol.

An analysis by ODOT safety experts revealed of the 879 crashes that occurred over the three-day 2010 July 4th holiday weekend, 87 were alcohol-related.

"What is supposed to be a time of celebration can turn to tragedy by drunk driving," said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. "We all share the road. We need to do it responsibly."

According to ODOT safety experts, over the past five July 4th holiday weekends, following too closely was the most common cause of crashes, followed by failure to control and failure to yield. Alcohol-related crashes rank in the top five.

In all, there were 474 injuries and 8 fatalities during the 2010 July 4th holiday weekend.

To stay safe this weekend, motorists should:

DRIVE SAFELY

Leave about one car length per 10 mph of speed between vehicles

Stay alert and watch for animals on the side of the road

Obey all stop and yield signs

CLICK IT OR TICKET

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved more than 12,500 lives in 2009 across the United States. Click It or Ticket. Day & Night.

PLAN AHEAD

ODOT’s premier traffic website, www.BuckeyeTraffic.org provides up-to-the-minute information and a user-friendly map of work zone locations, traffic congestion alerts, road closures, and weather conditions 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

 

While construction work may be suspended over the July 4th holiday weekend, many permanent work zone restrictions remain in place. Below is a list of notable highway construction projects that could impact your July 4th holiday weekend travel:

State Route 665, Franklin County (Central Ohio)
One lane of SR 665 will be maintained in each direction between South Meadows Dr. and the I-71/SR 665 bridge. A 35 mph speed limit will be enforced in the work zone.

Interstate 70, Belmont County (Eastern Ohio)
Five-mile major upgrade of I-70, stretching 2.5 miles on each side of exit 208. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times. Additionally, the I-70 eastbound rest area at mile marker 210 is closed as part of this project.

U.S. Route 62, Holmes County (Eastern Ohio)
U.S. 62 is closed to traffic east of the existing intersection with CR 77 at Bunker Hill near Berlin in Holmes County as part of the intersection improvement project. Traffic is being detoured.

Interstate 70, Clark County (Western Ohio)
I-70 between SR 72 and U.S. 40 is undergoing a lane addition. Motorists will encounter construction zones in both directions and a crossover lane on I-70 eastbound. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.

Interstate 76, Medina County (Northern Ohio)
I-76, between I-71 and SR 57, is reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction as part of a pavement rehabilitation project.

U.S. Route 30, Richland County (Northern Ohio)
U.S. 30, at various locations between U.S. 42 and SR 603, is restricted to one 11-foot lane of traffic in each direction as part of a resurfacing project. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times in each direction. Motorists are advised to use caution, and remember that the speed limit has been reduced to 50 mph within this construction work zone. The U.S. 30 eastbound rest area is closed through early July.

Interstate 90, Ashtabula County (Northeastern Ohio)
Traffic is reduced to two lanes in each direction on I-90 from just east of SR 11 to just west of SR 193/84. SR 193/SR 84 over I-90 is reduced to one lane with a temporary traffic signal for bridge work. While the permanent work zone remains, all work is suspended during the holiday weekend.

Interstate 80, Trumbull County (Northeastern Ohio)
The SR 193 entrance ramp to I-80 westbound is closed until mid-October for bridge reconstruction. A detour is posted. Two lanes of traffic remain open in each direction of I-80. While the permanent work zone remains, all work is suspended during the holiday weekend.

Interstate 77, Cuyahoga County (Northeastern Ohio)
I-77 southbound lanes between Wallings and Pleasant Valley roads is shifted to the left, utilizing the shoulder, as crews perform noise barrier work.

Interstate 90, Lake County (Northeastern Ohio)
Traffic on I-90 between Paine Road and the Ashtabula County line is shifted utilizing temporary crossovers. One lane of I-90 eastbound traffic will be using I-90 westbound.

State Route 2, Lake County (Northeastern Ohio)
Several projects along SR 2 are currently underway: The SR 2 eastbound exit ramp to Lost Nation Rd., the Richmond St. (SR 283) entrance ramp to SR 2 eastbound and Erie Rd. under SR 2 between Street Clair St. and the Chagrin River Park access road. Detours are posted. SR 2 between Newell St. and the Grand River is restricted to one lane in each direction.

Interstate 90/Innerbelt Corridor, Cuyahoga County (Northeastern Ohio)
I-90 remains open, however multiple entrance and exit ramps along the downtown corridor are closed or restricted as crews work to construct a new westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge. Visit www.Innerbelt.org for more information.

U.S. Route 30 between U.S. Route 224 and Lincoln Highway, Van Wert County (Northwestern Ohio)
U.S. 30 between U.S. 224 and Lincoln Highway is restricted to one lane in each direction through the work zone for a resurfacing project. A width restriction of 11 feet is in place during the project.

Interstate 475, Lucas County (Northwestern Ohio)
Expect lane restrictions in both directions on I-475, from I-75 to Monroe Street for reconstruction. Various ramps are closed within the project. Detours are posted.

U.S. Route 24, Lucas and Henry counties (Northwestern Ohio)
U.S. Route 24, from I-475 to Dutch Road is reduced to one lane in each direction. Various roads are closed in Lucas and Henry counties along the new alignment. Detours are posted.

U.S. Route 52, Brown County (Southern Ohio)
U.S. 52 is reduced to one, 10-foot lane between Ripley and Aberdeen, for a slip repair project. Traffic is being maintained in one lane with the use of temporary traffic signals.

U.S. Route 52, Scioto County (Southern Ohio)
U.S. 52 is reduced to one, 11-foot lane in each direction from Portsmouth/New Boston to S.R. 522 at Wheelersburg for a four-lane resurfacing project. Traffic is being maintained in one lane in each direction.

U.S. Route 23 Scioto County (Southern Ohio)
U.S. 23 is reduced to one, 10-foot lane in each direction just north of CR 25 (Cockrell’s Run Road), approximately two miles south of the Scioto-Pike County line, for a culvert replacement project. Traffic is being maintained in one lane in each direction.

State Route 60, Washington County (Southeastern Ohio)
Resurfacing at the SR 60/Colegate Rd. intersection and just north of the NW corporation limit in the village of Lowell.

Interstate 75, Montgomery County (Southwestern Ohio)
I-75 in the area of the East Central Ave. and Dixie Drive Interchange is under renovation. Motorists will encounter a construction zone in both directions and a crossover lane on I-75 northbound. Three lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.

Interstate 75, Dayton, Montgomery County (Southwestern Ohio)
I-75 from Main Street to Stanley Ave. and from Edwin C. Moses Blvd. to Fifth St. has construction zones due to the modernization of the interstate through the city of Dayton. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.

Interstate 74, Hamilton County (Southwestern Ohio)
Replace and widen I-74 bridge over SR 128. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

Interstate 75, Hamilton County (Southwestern Ohio)
Paving on I-75 from Harrison Ave. to Third St., as well as overhead bridges and related ramps. Nightly ramp closures will be utilized as necessary but mainline I-75 traffic will be maintained at all times. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

Interstate 75, Warren County (Southwestern Ohio)
Major reconstruction of I-75 in Warren County, adding a lane in each direction of I-75 from SR 122 (Middletown) to the Warren/Montgomery county line. Lane widths are reduced on I-75 so three lanes of traffic can be maintained on I-75 from south of SR 122 to the Warren/Montgomery county line. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

Interstate 75, West Carrollton, Montgomery County (Southwestern Ohio)
I-75 in the area of the East Central Ave. and Dixie Dr. Interchange is under renovation. Motorists will encounter a construction zone in both directions and a crossover lane on I-75 northbound. Three lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.

Interstate 75, Dayton, Montgomery County (Southwestern Ohio)
I-75 from Main Street to Stanley Ave. and from Edwin C. Moses Blvd. to Fifth St. has construction zones due to the modernization of I-75 through the city of Dayton. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.

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For more information, contact: Melissa Ayers, Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640 or your local ODOT District Communications Office