DELAWARE - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 6 is observing National Work Zone Awareness Week, an effort launched in 1997 as a public awareness campaign to help everyone understand they play a role in keeping motorists and roadway workers safe.
Last year, there were 4,796 crashes in Ohio work zones, 35% of them occurred with workers present. These crashes resulted in 1,759 injuries and 29 deaths. Of those, 20 workers were injured and 1 killed.A display of 20 cones and one high visibility vest representing each of those workers can be seen on the front lawn of the ODOT District 6 Headquarters, located at 400 E. William St. Delaware, Ohio, 43015. They are accompanied by a message board reading "Slow Down 4 Workers, Save A Life."
ODOT workers, vehicles, and equipment were hit 154 times last year, resulting in 5 injuries. Already this year, ODOT crews have been hit more than 70 times. In February, a District Six crew was struck while pothole patching on US-35 near Washington Court House.
"It is so important that Ohioans drive safe and stay focused on the road," said District Six Deputy Director Anthony Turowski. "With work zones come traffic switches and people working on the roadway, sometimes close to traffic. We need drivers to keep those workers safe, so they can continue to improve roadways across Central Ohio."
Ohio law requires you to move over a lane for any roadside worker or vehicle with flashing lights. If you cannot safely move over, you’re required to slow down.
This year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week theme is "Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down."