Local news station WCPO is bucking the trend of blaming crashes on truck drivers in a new video report.
The report is based off a new Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has campaign that shows drivers how to avoid common and preventable crashes between their vehicles and commercial motor vehicles.
This campaign is designed to educate the public not only on safe driving practices but also to reinforce the fact that truck drivers are not typically at fault in crashes. ODOT has installed electronic signs warning drivers of the perils of engaging in unsafe driving habits around trucks.
On sign reads, “Cutting off trucks can cut life short.”
Cutting off trucks can cut life short. Here are a few tips on how to drive around large trucks and buses that you can share with your family, friends and colleagues. pic.twitter.com/Dd7C33zb4A
— ODOT_Statewide (@ODOT_Statewide) November 8, 2017
Another reads, “Semi related traffic crashes this year: 8, 344.”
ODOT reports that of the fatal crashes in the state during 2017, only 10-15% were found to be the fault of the truck driver; whereas, 85-90% were the fault of the other vehicle involved in the crash.
Brian Cunningham, a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said, “When there is an unfortunate circumstance of a crash between an automobile and a tractor-trailer, the tractor-trailer is going to win nearly everytime. The big issue for people driving in cars is to make sure they allow for sure and clear distance, and to be aware that they shouldn’t drive in the blind zone of a tractor trailer.”