Ohio State Highway Patrol plans to focus on distracted driving

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol will participate in Distracted Driving Enforcement Day on Friday.

Troopers have said they’ve noticed an increase in the number of distracted drivers causing crashes on state roads.

From 2016 to 2017, the state patrol reports a 96 percent increase in the number of crashes involving distracted drivers. Of those 13,997 crashes, 51 were fatal.

“It’s a problem,” said Maureen Vaughn, a former bus driver from Delaware. “Something needs to be done.”

Vaughn said she frequently sees other drivers on their cell phones, or otherwise distracted and she is not afraid to tell them to pay attention.

“It’s very scary, especially for the kids that are just getting their licenses,” she explained.

While troopers are always looking to stop drivers violating the laws of the road, they will pay particular attention to those texting, failing to yield, following too closely and recklessly driving on Friday.

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