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State's Distracted Driving Panel Issues Report

Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Department of Transportation says there were nearly 80 thousand distracted driving crashes in Ohio in the last five years, killing at least 268 people and injuring more than 3 thousand. 

A state task force has issued its report on the matter, and Governor Mike DeWine plans tocreate a panel to issue recommendations.  Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

The report from a task force formed last year says it believes smart phones are a reason why traffic deaths have increased in four of the past five years, and why 16-20 year olds have the highest number of distracted driving crashes. Philip Renaud with Ohio State University’s Risk Institute says the report has four major recommendations – more time dedicated to distracted driving in the driver’s ed curriculum, increased fines and points for distracted driving, more research and education into it, and…

“Ohio should enact one hands-free law with primary enforcement. Ohio currently has two state laws that are not clearly defined or widely enforced.”

DeWine will name members of the Distracted Driving Council soon.


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