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Ohio Officials Warn Drivers to be Alert for Deer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State authorities are reminding drivers in Ohio that November is peak season for vehicle-deer collisions. Officials say there were nearly 3,800 collisions last November on state roadways. They urge drivers to be alert for deer bolting across roads, especially at dawn and dusk. State Highway Patrol Superintendent Richard Fambro advises drivers… Read More

A gas pump in Athens

ODOT Says Gas Tax Hike Returns Agency To Solid Financial Ground

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As of November 1, Ohio’s 10.5 cent gas tax increase from the state’s transportation budget has been in place for four months. And the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation said the money his agency fought lawmakers to get is already making a difference. Lawmakers had opposed the increase for weeks, leading to a delay in passing the transportation… Read More

Vehicles drive along the Ohio Turnpike in Strongsville, Ohio.

Ohio Lawmakers Advance Bill to Raise Driving Age for Teens

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio teenagers hoping to get behind the wheel will have to wait a bit longer under a bill that will undergo a full House vote. The Ohio House Transportation and Public Safety Committee voted 11-to-4 on Tuesday to advance a bill that would raise the minimum age to get a probationary… Read More

A long highway

State Lawmakers Hope to Prevent Crashes With Rumble Strips

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some Ohio lawmakers say they hope to prevent numerous vehicle crashes by gradually installing rumble strips down the center of some roads. Ohio Rep. Timothy E. Ginter, a Salem Republican, is chief sponsor of a bill to require the state Department of Transportation to add rumble strips on all undivided, two-way… Read More

Chris Damron of Columbus got his license back during the last round of amnesty, and is encouraging others who are eligible to apply.

State Starts Another Round of Amnesty for Drivers’ Licenses

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Over 340,000 people could get back on the roads legally – sometimes after many years of not being able to pay reinstatement fees. After a six-month pilot period that ended in July, the state is restarting a shortened amnesty program for Ohioans who’ve lost their drivers’ licenses. Most are low-income Ohioans who’ve fallen behind in paying… Read More

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge

Repeated Weight Limit Violations Close W.Va. Suspension Bridge

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Vehicles exceeding the weight limit of a West Virginia suspension bridge have led officials to close it indefinitely. News outlets report the Wheeling Suspension Bridge closed Tuesday morning and won’t be open to vehicular traffic for at least a year. Pedestrians can still walk or bike across. A charter bus weighing… Read More

Vehicles drive along the Ohio Turnpike in Strongsville, Ohio.

Backers Tout Program Helping Drivers Get Licenses Reinstated

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of a program waiving or reducing reinstatement fees for Ohioans with suspended driver’s licenses say nearly 77,000 people benefited from the program during a trial period. A report released Wednesday by the Ohio Poverty Law Center and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services found the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative saved residents a… Read More