BySeptember 28, 2021 5:16 pm
SANDUSKY—The Ohio State Highway Patrol in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be launching a distracted driving safety corridor on a section of state Route 2 in Erie County.
The 21-mile stretch of SR 2 between SR 4 (Sandusky exit) and SR 60 (Vermillion exit) is being designated as a distracted driving safety corridor. From 2016 to 2020, this section of SR 2 had 701 crashes, with 124 resulting in injuries and six resulting in deaths. Since 2019, 25 of those 701 crashes have been related to distracted driving. As a result, motorists will see an increased presence of troopers and ODOT signage within this area in an effort to reduce crashes.
“Distracted driving safety corridor signage will be erected in the corridor to remind motorists to eliminate distractions while behind the wheel,” said Bob Weaver, ODOT District Three Deputy Director. “Similar safety corridors have been established across the state and have been found to be effective.”
Last year in Ohio, 29 people lost their lives and 3,880 were injured in 10,983 crashes as a result of distracted driving. Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field when traveling 55 mph.
“The dangers of distracted driving are apparent to everyone, but motorists still choose to participate in this dangerous behavior,” said Lieutenant Brett Gockstetter, Sandusky Post commander. “The purpose of establishing this safety corridor is to bring further awareness, enforcement, and education to the problem of distracted driving.”
Distracted driving is any non-driving activity with the potential to distract a person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel, or cognitive, taking the mind off driving. Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction.