Multi-State Trooper Project Focuses on Distracted Driving

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The State Highway Patrol says a recent distracted driving enforcement project with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project resulted in more than 1,600 citations for distracted driving-related offenses.

Ohio troopers issued 271 citations in the initiative that began April 14 at 12:01 a.m. and continued through 11:59 a.m. on April 20.

The enforcement effort also included the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.

Officials say distracted driving includes any non-driving activity that can potentially distract a person from the main task of driving and increase crash risks.

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