Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Transportation Announce Safe Driving Corridor


Through September 28, 2021 5:16 P.M.

SANDUSKY — The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), will launch a safe drive corridor on a section of National Highway 2 in Erie County .

The 21 mile stretch of SR 2 between SR 4 (Sandusky exit) and SR 60 (Vermillion exit) is designated as a safe corridor for distracted driving. From 2016 to 2020, this section of SR 2 recorded 701 accidents, of which 124 were injured and six killed. Since 2019, 25 of these 701 accidents are related to distracted driving. As a result, motorists will see an increased presence of soldiers and ODOT signage in this area in an effort to reduce accidents.

“Safe driving signs will be installed in the hallway to remind motorists to eliminate distractions while driving,” said Bob Weaver, deputy director of district three of ODOT. “Similar security corridors have been established statewide and have proven to be effective. “

Last year in Ohio, 29 people were killed and 3,880 were injured in 10,983 distracted driving crashes. Sending or receiving a text message takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds on average, the equivalent of traveling the length of an entire football field at 55 mph.

“The dangers of distracted driving are obvious to everyone, but motorists always choose to participate in this dangerous behavior,” said Lt. Brett Gockstetter, commander of the Sandusky Post. “The purpose of creating this safety corridor is to raise awareness, apply and further educate the problem of distracted driving. “

Distracted driving is any activity unrelated to driving that may distract a person from their primary task of driving and increase the risk of an accident. Distractions can be visual, taking your eyes off the road; manual, by removing hands from the wheel, or cognitive, by turning away from driving. Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction.

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