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OSHP warns drivers of the dangers of distracted driving

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
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BUCYRUS - Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding people about the dangers of distracted driving.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Last year, there was close to 14,000 reported distracted driving crashes, 51 of them were deadly, according to OSHP.

Between 2016 and 2017, the number of deadly crashes caused by distracted driving nearly doubled.

“Every time someone takes their eyes off the road - even for just a few seconds - they put their lives and the lives of others in danger,” said Lt. Scott Rike, Commander of the Bucyrus Post. “Distracted driving is unsafe and irresponsible. In a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”

Ohio law bans all electronic wireless communication device usage for drivers under 18. Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers as a secondary offense.

Putting an end to distracted driving is close to our hearts here at 10TV. For more about Maria's Message, click here.