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State Highway Patrol troopers throughout Ohio and surrounding states will be on the lookout for distracted drivers for the next week.
The five-state Trooper Project is a multi-state distracted driving enforcement blitz set to start Sunday. Troopers in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will be looking for drivers going left of center, aggressive drivers and anyone who appears to be driving while distracted.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said distracted driving is a major factor in many crashes, and it doesn’t always involve a cell phone.
“People eat while they drive, they have dogs on their lap, and that can distract them from driving,” said Sgt. Bret Henderson of the Canfield post of the OHP. “Some of the fancier stereos in the cars today, some have TVs.”
The patrol will use helicopters to assist road troopers in spotting drivers using crash-causing techniques, such as aggressive driving, weaving across marked lanes and following cars too closely.
The blitz will end June 22.