October 12th, 2012|
October 12, 2012
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) says 28 construction workers have been killed and dozens of others injured in Ohio construction zones over the past two years. Channel 5 News said that a worker was killed recently on Interstate 90, near the Nagel Road exit in Avon, Ohio. Reports indicate the 63-year-old victim became pinned between two vehicles, resulting in the loss of a leg. The victim died from his injuries a short time later at the hospital.
In an effort to reduce these Ohio auto accidents, ODOT has invested in specially designed construction zone speed limit signs. ODOT Director, John Wray, explained the marked speed limit on the new signs can be manipulated both electronically and remotely to lower speed limits during work hours. The signs are also equipped with flashing lights aimed at helping catch motorist’s attention.
Another enhanced safety feature the signs bring is the ability of troopers to enforce the lowered speed limits, unlike the previous signs, which only marked a recommended speed.
Lawmakers are also considering changing a law that currently states construction zones under a half-mile long are not allowed to temporarily lower posted speed limits.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy understand the costs associated with Ohio auto accidents and are hopeful the new signs will be successful in reducing the number of construction zone accidents in Ohio and saving lives.