Distracted-driving effort yields more than 1,500 citations in Ohio

Published: Apr. 25, 2018 at 2:04 PM EDT
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The Ohio State Highway Patrol issued more than 1,500 citations for reckless or careless driving and nearly three dozen for cellphone violations as part of a recent weeklong multi-state enforcement effort.

Statewide between April 15-21, Ohio troopers issued 1,513 citations for reckless or careless driving and 34 for texting or cellphone violations.

In Washington County, the Marietta Post of the Highway Patrol says three people were cited for texting and driving.

Local troopers also made contact about distracted driving with another 79 drivers who were pulled over while another violation was observed, for example, if someone was speeding and talking on their phone.

In Ohio, you are allowed to be on your phone if you are 18 or older..

The project also involved troopers from West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Statistics for West Virginia haven't been made available.

“The work we do with our surrounding states shows dedication to ending the reckless behavior that is distracted driving,” said Col. Paul A. Pride, the OSHP superintendent. “We will continue to join our partners to focus on these issues and make our roadways safer.”

In a news release, the OSHP says the project was aimed “at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.”