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ODOT Concerned Over Number Of Construction Work-Zone Crashes

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Since January first there have been almost 3,000 auto accidents in construction work zones around Ohio. Some of those crashes have been fatal — and officials say most of them could have been prevented if drivers were keeping proper distance from other cars.

Since the start of the year, there have been 97 crashes in Montgomery County. Greene County has had 56 so far with one fatality, and there have been 65 crashes in Clark County. Down in Hamilton County there have been 257 crashes so far this year, with 3 fatalities.

Matt Bruning is a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation. He says it’s not only drivers that are getting hurt.

“Already this year, we've had one hundred crews struck while out on the job. That compares to 125 all of last year," he says. "So unfortunately, we are on pace to eclipse that mark. And that's very concerning to us because those men and women out there on the roadways are just simply trying to do their job and they're trying to make sure the roads are safe for you and your family.”

ODOT officials are asking drivers to keep themselves and other people safe by slowing down through work zones, keeping a safe distance from the cars in front of them, and signaling those lane changes.

Jerry began volunteering at WYSO in 1991 and hosting Sunday night's Alpha Rhythms in 1992. He joined the YSO staff in 2007 as Morning Edition Host, then All Things Considered. He's hosted Sunday morning's WYSO Weekend since 2008 and produced several radio dramas and specials . In 2009 Jerry received the Best Feature award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., and was named the 2023 winner of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Best Anchor/News Host award. His current, heart-felt projects include the occasional series Bulletin Board Diaries, which focuses on local, old-school advertisers and small business owners. He has also returned as the co-host Alpha Rhythms.