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OSHP: Drivers Following Too Closely

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OSHP ACDA crashes 2012

 
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  Original Published: 6/13/2013If you're driving, chances are you're driving too closely to the car in front of you.  And the Ohio State Highway Patrol says that's a big problem in the state. Crash reports show that last year, there were more than 68,000 vehicle crashes in which following-too-closely -- or ACDA (Assured Clear Distance Ahead) -- was the primary contributing factor.  That number includes 58 fatal crashes, which killed 60 people, and more than 18,000 injury crashes.  ACDA is the primary cause of one-quarter of all crashes in Ohio last year, making it the leading cause of all crashes.  Troopers issued nearly 22,000 citations for following-too-closely in 2012.  That's a 49% increase from the year before. Large, urban counties with the highest traffic volumes see the highest percentages of ACDA crashes.  In Franklin County, 30% of crashes are caused by following-too-closely.  There's a simple rule of thumb to avoid a crash because of following-too-closely:  Stay at least 3 seconds behind the car in front of you. To see a county-by-county breakdown of the numbers, click the link above.
   
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