ZANESVILLE, Ohio – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Ohio State Highway Patrol has seen an increase in crashes.
The Zanesville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is using this month as a tool to reach out to the community about the risks of distracted driving. Sergeant Kevin Kelley explained distracted driving can be anything that distracts a driver from paying attention to the road, such as texting or switching radio stations.
“Last year Ohio reported 13,994 traffic crashes that were involved with distracted driving, of those 26 were fatal crashes,” Sgt. Kelley said. “That’s way too many and those are the ones that just get reported as distractions. Most people won’t admit that they were distracted.”
Ohio State Highway Patrol Zanesville Post released that from 2014 to 2015 there was an 11% increase in distracted driving and between 2015 and 2016 there was a 5% increase. Sgt. Kelley said a driver goes 1.466 feet every second per mile, per hour.
“It’s about 4.6 seconds as the average reaction time is what we look at,” Sgt. Kelley said. “One way to figure that out, if you’re doing 55 miles per hour and you look down for 4.6 seconds you’ve gone approximately 400 feet. You know that’s bigger than a football field.”
The method Sgt. Kelley used to find out the distance traveled is by taking 1.466 multiplied by the speed the vehicle is traveling and multiply that final number by the amount of seconds it took the vehicle to drive from point A to point B.
Sgt. Kelley wants to remind drivers that spring is here, which also means more distractions are as well. To report distracted driving call the Ohio State Highway Patrol, #677.