Monday, December 14, 2009

ODOT & Walmart Say Stay Safe this Holiday Season

Stay Safe this Holiday Season

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Wal-mart are teaming up this year to help you have a safe holiday shopping season. Their message to Ohio drivers? "Ice and Snow...Take it Slow." In a campaign that started last week and will last throughout the holiday season, the ODOT's safety message will appear in the 150 Walmarts and Sam's Clubs in the state. This is the second year that a public and private partnership has formed to encourage driver safety.

"Being safe is a team effort. Through this partnership with Walmart, we will be reaching millions of Ohioans with an important message of safety," said Jolene M. Molitoris, the Director of the ODOT.

Walmart Safety Fleet Manager, Jim Murphy said of the partnership, "We want to take care of our employees and our customers, that's why we decided to partner with ODOT. While obvious, the message to all drivers, in 'Ice and Snow... Take it Slow' does not grow old."

Both the ODOT and Walmart are champions of safety. In the state, Walmart's delivery truck drivers have been recognized and awarded numerous times for safety by the Ohio Trucking Association. This year, Walmart even received the "Safest Fleet in America" award.

Last winter, there were 44,725 accidents on Ohio roads. 3,415 people were injured and 80 people were killed. Many of these accidents were the result of speeding or following too close.

The ODOT says that all drivers need to realize that winter road conditions can change from minute to minute within less than a mile. This goes for everyone driving vehicles that have four wheels or eighteen wheels and especially in snowy or icy conditions.

To access up-to-date and 24-hour road conditions, visit the ODOT's map-based website And remember, in Ice and Snow...Take it Slow!

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