Ashland OHP Focusing On Distracted Driving Enforcement

Ashland OHP Focusing On Distracted Driving Enforcement

  • 10/18/2018 12:22:52 PM
  • Tyler Warner
  • Local News

ASHLAND - The Ashland Post of The Ohio StateHighway Patrol announced via news release Thursday that for the remainder of the month of October, the post will increase patrols directed at Distracted Driving.  

The patrol is doing so in an effort to remind drivers to stay focused on the road while driving to prevent accidents. The news release reads "Last year, 13,997 crashes in Ohio had a reported distraction, resulting in 51 fatal crashes. From 2016 to 2017, the number of fatal crashes due to distracted drivers nearly doubled." 

The release also states a shocking fact: Sending or receiving a text message takes a drivers eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is long enough for a car traveling 55MPH to travel the entire length of a football field.

The release also includes clarifications on Ohio laws regarding cell phone usage. It is illegal for any driver under 18 to use a device while operating a motor vehicle and texting while driving is illegal for all drivers.

The release defines distracted driving in the following way: "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." 

Finally, the release lists traffic violations related to distracted driving: "Texting and Driving, Failing to Drive in Marked Lanes, Left of Center, Following Too Close, Failing to Maintain an Assured Clear Distance and Failing to Move Over when Approaching a Public Safety Vehicle Display Emergency Lights."

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