6-State Trooper Project Targeting Distracted Driving

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is collaborating with five other states on a distracted driving enforcement initiative.

The 6-State Trooper Project got underway on Monday and will go through Monday, October 12th.

The high-visibility enforcement will include the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and West Virginia State Police.

Since 2015, there have been 75,411 crashes in Ohio which involved on or more drivers who were distracted by something within their vehicle.

Of those, 227 were fatal crashes which resulted in 248 deaths.

“You are putting your life and the lives of others in danger any time you take your eyes off the road,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol Superintendent.

“Distracted driving can have devastating consequences for families.”

Ohio law bans all electronic wireless communication device usage for drivers under 18.

Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers.