COLUMBUS, OH, Oct. 13, 2020 – The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on distracted driving enforcement. During the project, 491 people were cited with distracted driving-related offenses.
The high-visibility enforcement included the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan Statece, Pennsylvania State Police, West Virginia State Police, and the Patrol. The initiative began on Monday, October 5 at 12:01 a.m., and continued through Monday, October 12 at 11:59 p.m.
On October 29, 2018, Ohio passed House Bill 95, a law that broadened what is considered distracted driving, and increased the fine if it was a contributing factor to the commission of the driving violation.
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.
The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.
Posted by Dan Starcher, public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.