On Dec. 11, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 137, which is designed to protect the safety of construction and maintenance workers operating on Ohio roadways.
The new version of Ohio's “Move Over Law” requires motorists to slow down and, as conditions permit, shift to an adjacent lane when approaching construction, maintenance and public utilities commission vehicles that are parked on the roadside with flashing, oscillating or rotating lights. Under the previous law, motorists were required to do so only when approaching police and other emergency vehicles, including tow trucks.
Officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission partnered in this legislative effort to provide their respective agencies' roadway workers appropriate protection while performing their duties.
“A cornerstone of ODOT's mission is the safety of all who drive on or work on Ohio's roads,” said Jerry Wray, ODOT director. “The expanded Move Over Law is a critical step to improving the safety of our workers, who risk their lives and well-being every day to care for the excellent transportation system the citizens of Ohio have come to expect. We at ODOT are tremendously grateful to Governor Kasich and the General Assembly for acting to protect our people.”
“I'm proud of the work that our roadway employees do on a daily basis, under very dangerous conditions,” Ohio Turnpike Executive Director Richard Hodges said.