Work-Zone Safety Tips
- Know Before You Go. Check pavingtheway.org, Paving the Way’s Facebook and Twitter and OHGO.com to know when to plan for construction delays.
- Expect the unexpected. Work zones can change from day to day. Slow down and drive with extra caution when you see orange barrels or signs indicating construction ahead.
- Watch for equipment and workers. Work zones can be busy places. Be alert for signs and slow down for equipment, workers and other cars, bikes or pedestrians.
- Slow down. Work zones have lower speed limits for a reason. Narrow lanes, unexpected merges and construction activity call for a lower speed. Fines are doubled for speeding in active work zones in Ohio.
- Road construction work zone rules apply to pedestrians as well as cyclists and motorists. Don't bypass a pedestrian detour. It's dangerous and it's against the law.
Driving is a responsibility
Any time you are behind the wheel you must be prepared to drive responsibly, carefully and undistracted. Check this page for roadway safety facts and tips to keep our roads safer. Motorists must be alert at all times with their full focus on the road and their driving.
Share the Road Safely
- Motorists must be alert at all times, paying close attention for pedestrians, motorcycles and bicycles.
- Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians must follow all traffic laws.
Be Safe in Road Construction Work Zones
- Plan ahead. Know when to expect construction and consider alternate routes.
- Anticipate lane shifts, merge early.
- Follow speed limits strictly.
- Expect the unexpected. Remember that work zones are always changing.
- Watch carefully for signs, workers and equipment.
Watch Out for Deer!
Watch Out For Deer! The autumn season often brings the highest number of deer-vehicle crashes and drivers need to stay alert and watch for deer-crossing warning signs to stay safe.
The number of deer-vehicle crashes typically spikes each year from October to December. According to ODOT’s statewide crash analysis, the number of deer-vehicle crashes average 1,500 per month from January to September. The number jumps to approximately 4,700 per month from October to December.
Because many deer-vehicle collisions go unreported to authorities, the actual number of crashes throughout Ohio may be as high as 60,000 each year.
Ohio has eight million drivers, 121,000 miles of roadway and 600,000 deer. Trying to predict when and where deer and motorists will meet is an impossible task. But drivers who understand how deer behave are more likely to avoid a deer-vehicle crash.
Please use these driving tips to help avoid collisions with deer:
- Watch for deer-crossing signs and drive with extreme caution, especially in posted areas.
- If you see a deer near the road, expect that others will follow.
- Watch for deer near roadways especially at dawn and after sunset. About 20 percent of these crashes occur in early morning, while over half occur between 5 p.m. and midnight.
- After dark, use high-beams when there isn’t oncoming traffic. This will illuminate deer eyes, allowing more time to react.
- Always wear safety belts, and drive at safe, sensible speeds for road conditions.
Safe Driving Friendly Reminders
Paving the Way’s mission is to make motorists’ travels as safe and congestion free as possible, especially when driving through work zones:
- Slow down and obey all traffic laws in school zones. All motorists should slow down near schools and drive at 20 m.p.h. when school zone restrictions are in affect.
- Many crosswalks are unmarked. A crosswalk does not have to be marked; watch for pedestrians at all intersections that have marked or unmarked crosswalks .
- Do not block intersections. Ohio law prohibits drivers from entering an intersection before they are certain they can cross it completely and safely. If there is congestion, do not enter the intersection and stop so that any part of your car blocks the intersection. If there is congestion, drive through the intersection only when you are certain you will be able to completely cross the intersection without any part of your car blocking the intersection.
- An unpowered traffic signal should be treated as a four-way stop. Unless a law enforcement officer is directing traffic, any traffic signal that is not operational must be treated as a four-way stop. Come to a complete stop and yield to any vehicle that reached the intersection before you; yield to the vehicle on the right if uncertain.
- Do not tailgate; leave enough space between you and the car in front of you. Drivers must have enough room to stop if the vehicle in front of them stops unexpectedly. Most experts recommend keeping two or more seconds of travel time between cars. That’s more than three car lengths at 20 mph and more than a half a football field at highway speeds. This distance should be even greater in a work zone or in bad weather conditions.
- Do not drive over a solid white line. Motorists or cyclists should not change lanes over a solid white line on the roadway unless they must do so to avoid a hazard. Solid white lines are placed on the roadway where lane changes are considered unsafe.
- Turn on your headlights during daytime rain or snow. Ohio law requires motorists to turn on their headlights when their windshield wipers are turned on when it is raining or snowing.
- Do not use your cell phone while driving. Ohio law and City of Columbus Code prohibit texting while driving.
No one likes congestion; it causes pollution, accidents and wastes time. Help fight congestion by sharing the ride, walking, biking and planning your trips efficiently.
- COTA is a great way to share the ride. Relax and let a professional do the driving. See more at COTA.com
- Learn more about sharing the ride at MORPC’s RideSolutions page. http://www.morpc.org/ridesolutions/
- Walking or biking is a great way to beat congestion and it’s good for you. Learn more about biking and walking opportunities and more the get active Columbus website. www.getactivecolumbus.com/
- Planning your car trips can reduce congestion. For example, doing several errands in one trip can reduce the number of miles you drive, saving gas and wear and tear on your car.