YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It may be April Fools’ Day, but local police officers are not joking about distracted driving.
Friday morning, several members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office addressed the public on the dangers of driving while distracted.
In 2014, more than 17,000 crashes in Ohio were attributed to distracted driving.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Brad Bucey there are several ways that a driver can be distracted, not just while using a cell phone.
“It only takes one second, and it doesn’t have to be just texting and driving. It can be other distractions, from turning the radio or looking down for a second,” Bucey said. “Anything that’s distracting you can cause you to be involved in a crash.”
Throughout the month more details about distracted driving will be released through the Highway Patrol’s Facebook page. Look for the hash tags “Safer Ohio” and “This is real life Ohio.”
“This is one of those laws that sometimes you can’t see until there’s a crash or violation that people are doing it,” Bucey said. “So, it’s really frustrating to try and prevent these things, so that’s why we do educational things like this to present the information.”