ODOT to make highways safer after Sharon Budd tragedy

ODOT to make highways safer after Sharon Budd tragedy

Upset after the July 2014 incident that critically injured an Ohio woman, Sen. Scott Oelslager and Ohio Department of Transportation officials have taken steps to make driving on Ohio highways safer.

ODOT guidelines, which took effect this month, now require contractors to build protective fencing on highway overpasses during renovations or new construction.

Sen. Scott Oelslager helped the Budds in their effort to get something done.

Sharon Budd was hospitalized for months and her skull shattered when Dylan Lahr, Tyler Porter and Keefer McGee, threw a rock from an overpass and it hit the car she was riding in. Budd, her husband and their daughter were on I-80 in Pennsylvania when the rock was thrown from the Gray Hill Road overpass.

Budd, a teacher with Perry Local Schools in Massillon, has undergone numerous surgeries and continues to recover.

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