Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to focus on the roads

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MANSFIELD, Ohio - The Mansfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to keep their eyes on the road and focus while driving.

Last year, 13,997 crashes in Ohio had a reported distraction, resulting in 51 fatal crashes.

From 2016 to 2017, the number of fatal crashes nearly doubled, according to OSHP.

Troopers will focus on distracted driving violations in hope to reduce numbers in 2018.

Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver's eyes off of the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. The OSHP says that is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field when traveling at 55 mph.

Distracted driving is any non-driving activity with the potential to distract a person from driving, and increases the risk of crashing, according to OSHP.

Ohio law bans all electronic wireless communication device usage for drivers under 18 years old.

Texting and driving is illegal for all drivers.

To avoid driving distractions drivers should do the following: (Source: AAA)

(1) Put aside electronic distractions

(2) Prepare to drive before getting on the road

(3) Secure children and pets

(4) Avoid eating messy foods while driving

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