Ohio State Highway Patrol launches distracted driving corridor in Clark County

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be launching a distracted driving safety corridor initiative on Interstate 70 in Clark County beginning on Sept. 1 and ending on Sept. 30, according to a release from OSHP.

Interstate 70 between milepost 44 and milepost 52 will be designated as a distracted driving safety corridor where motorists will see increased enforcement of troopers within the area in an effort to reduce crashes.

There have been five crashes related to distracted driving within this section of I-70 since the beginning of 2020, the release stated.

“The dangers of distracted driving are apparent to everyone, but motorists still choose to participate in this dangerous behavior,” said Lt. Brian Aller, Springfield Post commander. “The purpose of establishing this corridor is to bring further awareness and education to the problem of distracted driving.”

There were 13,532 crashes involving distracted driving last year, which includes 48 deaths and 7,200 injuries.

“Distracted driving is any non-driving activity with the potential to distract a person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving. Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction,” the release stated.

The public is encouraged to use #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity.

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