Ohio To Join In Distracted Driving Crackdown

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Cell phone users and hamburger eaters, get it done before getting behind the wheel next week.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces members of the Six-State Trooper Project for a distracted driving enforcement and awareness effort.

The focus on distracted driving will be from June 16 – 22 in an effort to reduce distracted driving related crashes and raise awareness about the dangers distracted driving creates.

The Patrol’s aviation section will assist road troopers from the air by focusing on crash causing violations that may be caused by distracted driving, including; aggressive driving, marked lanes violations, following too closely and driving left of center.

“Every time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road – even for just a few seconds – they put their lives and the lives of others in danger,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol Superintendent.

“Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”

The Six-State Trooper Project includes the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.

It is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.