(WKBN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is working with other states to minimize distracting driving, which lead to lead to 51 deaths and 6,800 injuries in Ohio in 2018.
The 6-State Trooper Project’s initiative starts on Friday and will continue until April 20. States involved in the project include OSHP, Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.
According to a press release, looking away to read a text for 4.6 seconds is the equivalent of driving across a football field at 55 mph.
“By driving distracted, you are putting yourself and the lives of others at risk,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro in the release. “Every time someone takes their eyes off the road – even for just a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”
Ohio passed House Bill 95 in 2018, broadening the definition of distracted driving and raising the fine for its involvement in driving violations.