Earlier this month, the Ohio Turnpike and State Highway Patrol concluded temporary enforcement of the turnpike’s first distracted driving enforcement zones in Summit and Erie counties. The results were 60 citations over a 42-day period.
The purpose of establishing these zones is to bring further awareness and education to the problem of distracted driving.
Ohio defines distracted driving as “any non-driving activity with the potential to distract a person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.”
Ohio State troopers issued 19 citations for distracted driving in the 16-mile Summit County zone, which spanned I-80 between I-77/Ohio 21 in Richfield to just east of Ohio 43 near Streetsboro in Portage County. The enforcement zone also resulted in 41 drivers cited on the 8-mile stretch of the turnpike in Erie County, between U.S. 250 and just west of Ohio 4.
From 2018 to 2019, there were 27,198 crashes statewide that involved distracted driving – 9,396 of which resulted in injuries, and 88 fatalities.
“The dangers of distracted driving are apparent to everyone, yet people continue to do it,” said Staff Lt. William Haymaker of the State Highway Patrol. “The purpose of establishing these zones is to bring further awareness and education to the problem of distracted driving.”