Dear Editor,

As we enter into Spring, we also enter into road construction season. April 8th-11th is Work Zone Safety Week and we urge you to take this message as a reminder to be aware of the orange barrels and to obey the speed limit in work zones.

Safety for both you and the construction worker is paramount. Recent statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System show a two percent increase in total work zone fatalities and an increase in total work zone crashes from 668 to 710. Do your part to ensure we all get home safely by slowing down, staying focused, and making sure your safety zone and barriers meet the industry standard.

Most work zone crashes are avoidable and we all share the responsibility for work zone safety. One fatality is one to many, so remember Work Zone Safety Week is April 8th-11th, but Work Zone Safety is important all year round. Let’s work together to make Ohio’s road projects safe for both drivers and workers by coming together and respecting the zone! #Saferroadssavelives #Drivelikeyouworkhere

Shella Rupa

Westerville

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