ODOT reminds people of work zone safety

Last year there were 14 people killed while working the highways in Ohio. With construction season at its peak, they don't want anymore workers to lose their lives.

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 6:52 PM
Updated: Jul 11, 2019 8:39 AM

DEFIANCE, Ohio. (WFFT) - Last year more than 960 people in Northwest Ohio were injured in work zones, most of them on two lane routes. The likelihood of this happening is usually between noon and 5:00 p.m.

"Most people at their jobs don't have imminent danger right beside them," Chris Hughes of the Ohio Department of Transportation District One said.

Hughes said you can never be too careful.

"We can't do it by ourselves. We do everything we can do with safety apparel, hard hats, vests, signage, and all those things to make the work zone safe, but we really rely on the traveling public to do their part which is to slow down, be cautious, pay attention and not drive distracted in a work zone," Hughes explained.

ODOT said rear end crashes are the most popular in a work zone along the highway. 140 workers were struck last year.

"As the traveling public, think of it as someone you love out there alongside the road and make sure you're driving in the way that would be safe," he added.

There were more than 4,000 crashes in work zones last year in Ohio, but ODOT said that number is decreasing compared to the last few years.

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