It may seem like in today’s world we are always in a hurry. Perhaps this leads us to take risks while driving, such as using a cellphone to take a work phone call while driving or eating behind the wheel to try to fit a meal in our busy day. However, these behaviors and others constitute distracted driving, a real danger that is causing thousands of injuries and deaths on Ohio’s roads.
State launches initiative to combat distracted driving
For this reason, two parts of the Ohio Turnpike have been singled out by the Ohio Turnpike and the Ohio State Highway Patrol as “Distracted Driving Enforcement Zones.” This means drivers will see more officers policing these parts of the road and more electronic signs aimed at lowering the number of accidents as well as raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. The initiative began last month and will continue through September 29.
Just how dangerous is the distracted driving problem in Ohio?
This is a necessary initiative to address the distracted driving problem in the state. Across Ohio from 2018 to 2019 Ohio saw 27,198 distracted driving accidents. These crashes caused 9,396 people to suffer injuries and 88 deaths.
Distracted driving and your duty of care
Despite this initiative, some motorists in Ohio will likely continue to drive while distracted. This means they are breaching their duty of care to drive safely behind the wheel. If such a breach causes a car crash that injures or kills another person, the accident victim may want to take the steps necessary to determine what their legal options are moving forward.