May 22nd, 2014|
Many of the 936 work zones throughout Ohio will be suspended this weekend in honor of Memorial Day. However, with more than 4,000 crashes in work zones last year, including 17 fatalities, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) wants to remind drivers to always use caution and observe Ohio’s Move Over Law.
Adopted by many states, the Move Over Law requires vehicles to move cautiously, putting at least one full lane between them and any parked vehicles and/or pedestrians occupying the road shoulder.
After the holiday weekend, construction projects will resume as scheduled. To ensure your safety and the safety of those working in these work zones, ODOT has put together the following safety tips.
When driving through work zones, motorists can improve safety by following these simple tips:
- Eliminate distractions – put down your cell phone
- Buckle up
- Drive sober
- Stay alert and give driving your full attention
- Follow all posted signs and obey flaggers
- Don’t tailgate or speed; most crashes in work zones are rear-end collisions
- Expect the unexpected
- Beware that normal traffic patterns may be shifted
Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, sometimes accidents happen, and when they do, you need to know what to do after an accident. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a car accident, call our Ohio car accident lawyers for a free consultation.