4,600 crashes occurred in Ohio construction zones in 2018; ODOT hopes to erase that with 2019 summer safety campaign

4,600 crashes occurred in Ohio construction zones in 2018

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Summer is the time for traveling, whether by car or other mode of transportation. With more cars hitting the road, the chance for traffic incidents could increase.

State officials from Ohio provided safety tips for maneuvering the roads this season, as well as discuss the importance of the Slow Down, Move Over law.

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Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

In 2018, there were approximately 4,600 accidents in Ohio construction zones. Officials say nearly 1,000 people were injured in those crashes, and 14 died.

“Already this season, construction crews in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties have been struck four times. Four times already,” ODOT District 12 Deputy Director John Picuri said. “I do not want to have to go visit another mother or fiance to tell them that their loved one is not coming home again.”

Representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Laborers Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, Ohio Turnpike, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Laborers 860 were on hand at Wednesday’s press conference.

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