Partnership between ODOT and OSHP launches Safety Corridor in Lorain County
ASHLAND – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) are taking steps to improve safety along a section of state Route 2 in Lorain County.
From 2015-2019, the section of SR 2 between Erie County and the I-90 interchange had 588 crashes resulting in 106 injuries and five fatalities. These statistics garnered the attention of ODOT and OSHP who together developed plans to create the region’s latest Safety Corridor from Baumhart Road to I-90 in Brownhelm and Elyria townships.
This safety corridor will be clearly marked with new signage alerting motorists when they enter and exit the corridor, and the importance of safe driving habits. The goal of this corridor is to improve safety by reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
“Contributing factors to a large percentage of the crashes in this corridor include following too close, changing lanes improperly, and traveling at unsafe speeds,” said ODOT District 3 Deputy Director Bob Weaver. “We appreciate this partnership with the Highway Patrol and are looking forward to reducing these types of crashes as a lot of them could be avoided if drivers would slow down and pay attention.”
Motorists should expect increased enforcement by OSHP along the corridor to discourage dangerous driving behaviors in an effort to reduce crashes.
“The safety of everyone using our roads is our primary concern,” said Lieutenant Alan Dunbar, commander of the Elyria Post. “The purpose of establishing this safety corridor is to bring further awareness and education to the motorists of Ohio, while addressing it through traffic enforcement.”
Enforcement by OSHP will begin as soon as all corridor signage is in place, which is expected to be Friday, August 7.
Bringing attention to the significance of safe driving practices is more important than ever right now. So far this year there have been 646 traffic deaths, 18 more than at the same point in time in 2019.This increase comes despite reduced traffic volumes throughout the state.
Through partnerships and campaigns such as this, ODOT and OSHP hope to continue educating drivers on the importance of following traffic laws and eliminating dangerous driving behaviors.