A similar bill introduced last legislative session cleared the House but died in the Senate.
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House Bill 51, which was approved on a 95-0 vote, would require the Ohio Department of Transportation to install center line rumble strips on roads with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour or faster. The mandate would apply to new construction or when a road is undergoing major construction or repaving.
Rumble strips alert drivers that they are drifting.
“Rumble strips reduce the likelihood of a crash and diminish the severity of consequences in instances when a crash does occur,” according to testimony in favor of the bill by the Ohio Conference of AAA Clubs.
State Rep. Tim Ginter, R-Salem, sponsor of the bill, testified that Ohio Department of Public Safety data show that in 2018 1,385 collisions on undivided U.S. and state routes were the result of vehicles crossing the center line. Seventy-eight of those crashes were fatal.