Safety in Construction Zones

by Emily Baird on April 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm

ODOT is also using this time to remind motorists about safety in construction zones.

When driving, it wants people to slow down and to be aware of their surroundings.

"There’s a lot of distractions in the work zones whether it;s the weather, the cones, or the repathing of traffic, " says ODOT Public Information spokeswoman, Kate Stickle.

ODOT isn’t just concerned about drivers but the construction workers on the site as well. 13 workers were killed in work zones last year. So, ODOT is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies to prevent these tragic accidents from happening.

"I will go out and look at what problems and issues that we’re having-if it’s speed, assured cleared distance, or following too closely. We’ll look at some of those violations, " says Zanesville Post Commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Steven Rine.

It plans on having an increased presence in work zones and possibly an aviation run overhead. Rine says there will be strict enforcement of speed reductions. Anyone who violates the law will face a doubled fine.