In a multi-state effort to crack down on distracted driving, specifically texting and driving, Ohio State Highway Patrol issued 999 tickets for reckless or careless driving last week. That included 14 citations for texting and driving or simply using a cell phone while behind the wheel.
The dangers of texting and driving can be far-reaching and can result in serious injuries or even death. If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver who was using a cell phone, our texting and driving accident lawyers can help you get the justice you deserve.
The weeklong initiative began Sunday, July 19, 2015, and included State Police and Highway Patrol from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Through the combination of enforcement and education, the effort hopes to decrease texting and driving on Ohio Roads.
The Dangers Of Texting And Driving
Texting and driving statistics show that in 2014, a distracted driver was involved in more than 17,800 accidents in Ohio. That is six percent of the total number of accidents for the state.
Distracted driving is so dangerous because any activity that pulls your attention away from the road greatly increases your risk for being involved in an auto accident. It has been estimated that reading a text takes about 4.6 seconds. If you are driving 65 mph and look down to read a text, it is equivalent to travelling the length of a football blindfolded.
Although texting while driving is illegal in Ohio, it is considered a secondary offense, which means you cannot be pulled over for using your cellphone. A citation can only be issued for texting while driving if you are stopped for a primary offense, like speeding.
Our texting and driving accident lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims who are injured by the negligence of other drivers who choose to take their eyes off the road. If you have been injured, call our injury lawyers for a free consultation.