The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Canton post partnered with the Ohio Department of Transportation to establish a Distracted Driving Safety Corridor in a 14-mile stretch of Interstate 77 between the Faircrest Street exit in Stark County and Wise Road in Summit County. Within the boundaries of the Stark-Summit Distracted Driving Safety Corridor, more than 1,800 crashes occurred from 2015 to 2018.
The partnership has been a success. As of August 17, there had not been an injury crash in 37 days.
The local Safety Corridor is among several in Ohio, including those designated this summer in Delaware, Morrow and Fairfield counties. Safety Corridors have two primary goals: educating the public on the hazards of distracted driving and beefing up enforcement.
Examples of distracted driving include using texting, eating and browsing the internet.
In 2019, the Highway Patrol reported 13,532 distracted-driving crashes statewide, resulting in nearly 50 deaths.