Ohio State Police cracking down on distracted drivers

For people over 18 in Ohio, texting and driving is a secondary offense, but it's still dangerous.

Posted: Mar. 31, 2018 6:41 PM
Updated: Mar. 31, 2018 10:47 PM

VAN WERT, Ohio (WFFT)- With many families going out of town this weekend, and warmer months around the corner, Ohio State Highway Patrol officers are cracking down.

From 2016-2017, there were 13,997 crashes caused by distractions in Ohio. There were also 51 fatal crashes that killed 55 people.
Distractions can be passengers, eating or drinking, the radio, and the biggest one, phones.

When Bobbi and Kevin Glenn travel to Indiana to visit their daughter, they said their phones are off.

"I don't turn it on. Nothing's that important that you can't wait," Bobbi Glenn said.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Chad Durfey said that's the mentality every driver should have.

"There were 55 people killed last year. That's 55 people that aren't a part of Easter tomorrow," he said.

Patrol officers are trying to stay ahead of that. For people over 18 in Ohio, texting and driving is a secondary offense, but it's still dangerous.

"If you do feel the need that you need to answer a phone call or text message, find a safe area, pull over, answer it then. And we're seeing that more," Durfey said.

The Bassett family is also traveling this weekend. If they need to use GPS or send a message, they work together to stay safe.

"He's driving and I'm doing the texting, or looking at what we need to do so that way he's not," Sherri Bassett said.

Officers will continue to patrol through the warmer months.

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