State police in 6 states cracking down on distracted driving

Ohio State Highway Patrol says distracted driving is as dangerous as impaired driving.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Every few months, state police from about six states from across the region get together, and the latest initiative is focusing on distracted driving.

Distracted driving is anything that can take a driver’s attention away from driving. Examples include texting, eating and drinking, grooming, using a GPS, adjusting the radio or just talking with passengers.

Texting is the activity that requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, making it the most dangerous type of distraction.

Five seconds is the average time a driver’s eyes are off the road when texting. If the driver is going 55 miles per hour, that is enough time to travel the length of a football field blindfolded.

In 2014, more than 3,000 people were killed in crashes caused by distracted drivers.

Starting at 12:00 a.m. Sunday morning, The Ohio State Patrol is teaming up with state police in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia to crack down on distracted drivers.

Drivers can expect to see a high police presence through these states. The project runs through the following Saturday night.

Ohio has laws concerning texting and driving.

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