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Central Ohio to see first “Distracted Driving Safety Corridor”

One major central Ohio roadway could get safer soon.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In an effort to stop distracted driving, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is teaming up with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) to create central Ohio’s first “Distracted Driving Safety Corridor.”

“You have one thing to do when you’re driving a vehicle and that’s to drive,” said Jack Marchbanks, ODOT director.

After seeing a spike in distracted driving violations along I-71 in Delaware and Morrow Counties, the state has decided to focus on that stretch of highway for the “Distracted Driving Safety Corridor.”

The 22-mile stretch will be met with more troopers looking for violations, plus a series of signs warning drivers they have entered the corridor and that there is a zero-tolerance when it comes to distracted and unsafe driving habits.

The corridor is part of an effort to change the culture when it comes to distracted driving, according to Marchbanks.

“There is a direct correlation between distracted driving injuries and death,” Marchbanks said. “We had over 13,000 distracted driving incidents reported last year and we know that number is low. We know the number is much higher than that. These numbers are 100 percent preventable.”
ODOT reports show that these “Distracted Driving Safety Corridors” have proven to be effective in other areas of the state.