Ohio Agencies Join Forces for Workers' Safety

The Ohio State Highway Patrol's troopers will be out near highway work sites. If they see vehicles that don't pull over, they'll have "educational talks" with the drivers.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Transportation are joining forces to help highway workers stay safe on the job. They're doing this by educating motorists about the dangers workers face.

Tammy Campbell, deputy director for Southwest Ohio for ODOT, said 152 workers were hit last year alone, and a worker was struck and killed in the Youngstown area this spring," according to a Fox45 News online report shared by OSHP on its own website.

It quotes OSHP Lt. Matt Schmenk as saying troopers will be present near sites where ODOT and maintenance workers will be. If they see vehicles that don't pull over, they'll have "educational talks" with the drivers.

The agencies' officials stressed that a motorist who sees flashing lights on the side of the road should move over or slow down, because state law requires that they do that for all roadside workers.

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