An ODOT analysis reveals 56,945 vehicle crashes occurred in Ohio work zones from 2003 to 2012.
New numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show more people are dying in highway construction work zones as a result of vehicle crashes. In fact, the number of deaths in construction zones due to vehicle crashes doubled from 8 in 2009 to 16 in 2011 in Ohio. Those numbers include both motorists and construction workers.
An ODOT analysis reveals 56,945 vehicle crashes occurred in Ohio work zones from 2003 to 2012. Of those crashes, 20,590 happened when construction workers were present.
The top causes of work zone crashes are speed, following too closely, failure to control and improper lane changes.
ODOT says motorists can do their part to make our roads safer by slowing down, driving the posted speed limit, staying alert, and avoiding distractions – especially those distractions caused by cell phone usage.
In Ross and Pike Counties a resurfacing project is currently in progress on US Route 23. The posted speed limit through the project zones is 50 miles per hour.
In light of those numbers, ODOT is piloting a new program aimed at reducing vehicle crashes and making construction work zones safer.
ODOT is piloting the new safety weapon, known as variable speed limit trailers. The portable devices come with technology that can be programmed to display a safer, slower speed, but only on the stretches of roadway where construction workers are present.