OSHP, ODOT teaming up to help keep workers safe by reminding everyone to move over
XENIA, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Transportation are teaming up to help keep workers safe on the roads.
June is National Safety Month, and so they're working to bring awareness to the dangers workers face. Deputy Director for Southwest Ohio for ODOT Tammy Campbell said 152 workers were hit last year alone, and a worker was hit and killed in the Youngstown area this spring.
To help keep everyone safe and get them home, OSHP Lt. Matt Schmenk said they'll be out near sites where ODOT and maintenance workers will be, and if they see anyone who doesn't pull over, they'll have 'educational talks' with the drivers.
Officials also emphasized that if you see flashing lights on the side of the road, move over or slow down. Ohio law requires that you do for all roadside workers.