Statement from Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH)
There are few things more important than the safety of our loved ones — especially when they are traveling on our roadways. For decades, I have been fighting, both at a state and national level, for better, safer roads and intersections. Ensuring safe roadways requires action at all levels. Grassroots efforts, like the Sandy Johnson Foundation, are crucial to drawing significant attention to problems with our highways. It is vital that we make the proper investment in improving the safety of our roadways and intersections, and I will do all that I can to make sure that happens at the federal level.
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-3512
May 9, 2003
Mr. Dean Johnson, President
The Sandy Johnson Foundation
7500 Placid Avenue
Worthington, Ohio 43085
Dear Mr. Johnson:
Thank you for the important work you are doing in advancing the cause of safer roadways in central Ohio and around the Nation. I applaud your efforts, and appreciate your dedication and tenacity.
In an effort to help improve the ability of State and local transportation officials to respond in a timely manner to identified hazardous areas of local roadways I have initiated inquiries with central Ohio county Engineers, Ohio Department of Transportation officials, and major municipal traffic departments to identify barriers to fast action. Using their input and suggestions I am exploring possible ways to remove those barriers, identify funding sources, and to encourage fast action on identified dangerous areas of our roadways.
This has not been a simple task. I am encouraged however, by recent steps taken by ODOT to address this problem. In spite of the challenges, be assured that I will do all I can to help make our roadways safer for the people of central Ohio, and all across our nation.
Thanks again for all your hard work and dedication. I will keep you informed of any new legislative proposals on these important issues.
Patrick J. Tiberi
Representative to Congress
Office of Ohio State Senator David Goodman
(614) 466-8064 phone
(614) 466-7662 fax
Dean Johnson of the Sandy Johnson Foundation came to me in early February of 2003 to introduce me to the Foundation and its mission. Its mission is to make our roads safer by holding those accountable whose duty it is to keep and maintain our roads in a safe condition.
I am supportive of this mission and have offered my assistance. I believe in constantly improving, repairing and maintaining our roads in a timely manner. When people’s lives are at stake, we must be vigilant. The Sandy Johnson Foundation is an important watchdog for the safety of our nation’s drivers and I am proud to be a supporter.
J. Peter Kissinger, President and CEO
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
The AAA Foundation endorses efforts to more systematically identify the risks associated with the road network in this country, to evaluate ways to reduce or eliminate those risks, and most importantly, to implement road safety improvement at “high crash locations.” As such, we support the work of the Sandy Johnson Foundation, especially because its approach can help raise national awareness of road safety problems, which in turn, could lead to the political support needed to make substantive improvements in this area.