Ohio Launches First Distracted Driving Safety Corridor
ODOT and the Ohio State Highway
Patrol partner to battle the increase of distracted drivers
AKRON – As the number of crashes in
Ohio caused by distracted drivers continues to climb, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and
the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) have joined forces to create the first
Distracted Driving Safety Corridor.
The goal of the corridor, which runs along I-76
and I-80 between Newton Falls Rd. (just east of SR 534) and West Liberty St.
(just east of SR 193), is improving safety, while reducing crashes, fatalities
and injuries along one of Ohio’s busiest stretches of interstate highway.
“Distracted driving crashes are preventable
crashes,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “While many people realize the dangers
of being distracted behind the wheel, too many Ohioans continue to take their
focus away from driving.”
Since 2013, there have been 64,908 crashes
caused by distracted drivers in Ohio. Those crashes have resulted in 189 deaths
and 22,428 serious injuries
Throughout the corridor, ODOT will be placing
signage alerting motorists when they enter the corridor and also informing them
that this is a high enforcement area. Signs will also be placed throughout the
corridor reminding motorists of the dangers of distracted driving.
Between January 1, 2016 and February 28, 2018, OSHP
handed out 2,735 distracted driving violations in Mahoning and Trumbull
Counties. During that same time, there were 1,245 distracted driving crashes
which included three fatalities and nearly 450 injuries.
“Troopers from the Canfield and Warren Posts
will elevate their focus on distracted driving violations occurring in the
corridor,” Lieutenant Jerad Sutton from the Patrol’s Canfield Post said. “Our
focus will be educating the public on the dangers of distracted driving and
enforcing distracted driving violations.”
Troopers will also hand out the “If You Think
You’re a Multitasker, You’re Wrong” pamphlet on traffic stops. The posts will
use Federal Grant dollars to supplement patrols along the corridor.
For more information on the corridor please visit
www.transportation.ohio.gov/DDSC. Here you will find interactive maps and
statistics about the corridor and distracted driving.