Troopers urge motorists to move over
As construction season gets underway, Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio State Highway Patrol urge motorists
to move over when you see a stationary public safety vehicle, emergency vehicle, road service or highway
maintenance vehicle on the side of the road with flashing or rotating lights.
From 2014-18, patrol cruisers were involved in 56 crashes that appear to be related to the Move Over law.
These crashes resulted in the deaths of two civilians, and 29 civilians and 50 officers were injured.
“With the start of road construction season, drivers should be alert and ready to move over for first
responders and road workers,” DeWine said. “Motorists have a responsibility to drive safely, and that
includes giving law enforcement and road crews room to work.”
In 2018, troopers wrote 6,039 citations for violating the Move Over law, 59 percent more than in 2017.
From 2014-18, the patrol has recorded 18,127 Move Over violation citations.
Ohio law requires all drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing
or rotating lights parked on the roadside. If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather
conditions, or because a second lane does not exist, motorists should slow down and proceed with
caution. The Move Over law now exists in all 50 states.
Alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in 29 percent of move over crashes, while wet roads or those covered
in snow or ice accounted for 59 percent.
“As a driver, when you move over, you are doing your part to help protect the lives of everyone who works
on or uses our roadways,” Meredith said. “Every Move Over crash is preventable. So moving over isn’t
just the law; it’s the right thing to do.”
Jennifer and Evan Cain, a son, April 7, Wood County Hospital.
Fannie Jewell and Andrew Huffman, a son, April 5, Wood County Hospital.
Cassidy DeRose and Blair Palmer, a son, April 4, Wood County Hospital.
Deysi Marisol Gonzalez Ramirez and Alexander Garcia Verdugo, a son, April 4, Wood County Hospital.
Tonight: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of rain is 50
Thursday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. East wind 14 to 16 mph. Chance
of rain is 20 percent.
Showers and thunderstorms likely overnight. Low around 51. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent with new
rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Extended: Chance of rain is 80 percent Friday. Breezy with highs near 61. Mostly cloudy overnight with a
30 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny Saturday, with a high near 50. Mostly cloudy overnight with lows
around 35 and a 30 percent chance of rain. On Sunday, showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47
and a 60 percent chance of rain.
Gordon investigation update
Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson, when asked why the rape allegations case against Daniel Gordon was
dropped, said it was because there was not enough evidence to go forward.