Whether you’re driving across the United States or simply the next state over, there’s one thing you can expect Easter weekend,more traffic.
In 2017 the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported 51 fatal crashes due to distracted driving. That number doubled from 2016.
“Much like our seat belt we have zero tolerance for it so if you’re distracted driving and your pulled over by a trooper you will receive a citation,” said Sergeant Jared Ulinski. He’s just one of the troopers trying to combat these statistics.
With April being National Distracted Driving Awareness month they’ll be getting extra help.
“We actually have a grant from the state of Ohio which has given us extra patrol units to be out looking for distracted drivers.”
Certain types of driving give off red flags. People who drift over to the center line and make abrupt stops at light changes all indicate distracted driving.
While that does lead to a significant amount of crashes, there are other factors like mechanical error. That’s why before your weekend trip you’ll want to get your car checked before hitting the road.