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

State Representative Marlene Anielski R-Independence) 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.


"There have been too many accidents involving highway workers, and now the driving public has another opportunity to protect our workers by slowing down and proceeding with caution on our highways," said Rep. Anielski. "We want all of our workers to return to their families safely every single day."


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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