New Ohio law makes distracted driving easier to catch

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Starting Monday it’s a little easier for police in Ohio to issue tickets for distracted driving.

Police no longer have to prove distracted driving. They just have to believe you were distracted during a moving violation.  

It doesn’t matter if it’s texting or talking on a cell phone, changing a radio station, or putting on makeup.

Officials with the Ohio State Patrol says it’s not about making money but making the roads safer.

“Well I think a lot of people have an ‘it won’t happen to me,’ mentality, it only happens to other people. Until it happens to them they don’t realize,” said Sgt. Christina Hayes.

Last year, Ohio had 14,000 crashes related to distracted driving — that killed 55 people.

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