Ohio residents too often have little choice but to drive illegally in order to get to work or to their appointments.
The cost of operating a vehicle is very high in Ohio and around the country, and many people cannot afford all of the expenses. And with most parts of rural Athens County and much of southeast Ohio being without public transportation, many people either have no transportation of their own or are forced to drive without insurance.
This inability to pay all of the costs of transportation is very common and causes numerous problems for low-income Ohio residents.
The cost of owning and legally operating a small car in Ohio can range between $5,000 and $12,000, according to several recent studies on the cost of transportation in America. This cost is simply too high for many people.
A new report from Athens County Job and Family Services examines the problems caused by the costs of transportation and the lack of transportation. Click here to read the report.