The Ohio State Highway Patrol is joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on distracted driving enforcement.
The initiative is underway through Monday, April 11 at 11:59 p.m.
The high-visibility enforcement will include state police from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
From 2017 through 2021, distracted driving has resulted in 226 lives lost on Ohio’s roads.
Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field when traveling at 55 mph.
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.