Workzone Accident Raising Awareness

by Brittany Harris on July 14, 2010 at 5:49 am

This morning’s tragic hit and run accident in Columbus is raising awareness about the issue of construction zone safety.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has created several new programs to help keep motorists and workers safe.

David Rose, ODOT’s Public Information Officer said, "well for ODOT as everyone knows, safety is our top priority, and always has been, especially this year, this year represents the states largest program in it’s history, we’re currently advancing two billion dollars worth of transportation projects acros the state, so wherever anyone travels, in every region of the state, they are going to see construction projects. "

Rose advises that all motorists obey the signs in the construction zone, and to also put down their cell phones to avoid any distraction.

"As far as certain items we have in place, to educate and to inform motorists and drivers we have a great website, www.Buckeyetraffic.Org um it’s like an interactive map, like google maps but yet it shows you where all the construction projects will be throughout the state," said Rose.

According to ODOT’s website, in 2009, there were 512 crashes in work zones along Ohio roadways, thirteen people lost their lives.