ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) are announcing a decrease in traffic crashes involving injuries and fatalities in the Belmont County Distracted Driving Safety Corridor.
Through focused enforcement and visible warnings to motorists to ditch the distractions, the I-70 and I-470 corridors have become safer roadways for everyone. Since its inception in August of this year, the corridor has had eight crashes that involved injuries or fatalities, down from 25 in 2019, and 24 in 2018 for the same time period. The total number of crashes in the zone was also reduced, down to 63 from 109 in 2019, and 100 in 2018.
ODOT traffic monitoring reports that the makeup of traffic in the corridor has changed, favoring more commercial vehicles than passenger vehicles, but the overall traffic volume has only decreased by 2% between August and mid-December compared to last year.
As 2020 comes to an end, troopers are reminding motorists to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel on all of Ohio’s roadways into 2021. Distracted driving is not only irresponsible, but also dangerous to everyone on the road. OSHP and ODOT continue to find innovative ways to make Ohio’s roadways safer through collaboration on increased messaging and changing driving behavior, benefitting all motorists.
The public is encouraged to use #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity. Additional crash information is available from the OSTATS dashboard.