Rep. Romanchuk Applauds Passage Of Highway Safety Legislation
Bill adds to "Move Over, Slow Down" initiative
 
 
COLUMBUS - 

Today, Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 172, which requires vehicles to slow down, proceed with caution and, if possible, change lanes when passing highway maintenance vehicles that are stopped.


Highway maintenance vehicles include snow plows, traffic lane stripers, road sweepers, mowing machines, cement trucks and various other highway maintenance vehicles. In order to protect the safety of drivers and highway workers, the bill mandates that vehicles attempt to change lanes cautiously to avoid being in the lane adjacent to the stationary highway maintenance vehicle. Depending on weather and traffic, the law specifies that changing lanes is not always an option, but vehicles are required to slow down and proceed with caution. Regulations differ depending on the number of lanes.


“The maintenance workers on our state’s highways play a vital role in keeping our roadways up to par,” Rep. Romanchuk said. “I’m pleased that the Ohio House could pass this legislation to further keep them safe while they are on the job.”


Currently, state law requires similar actions when approaching a stopped public safety vehicle, emergency vehicle or road service vehicle as part of the “Move Over, Slow Down” initiative. House Bill 172 adds to this law.


H.B. 172 passed with bipartisan support and will now move to the Senate for consideration.

 
 
 
  
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