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Is Ohio’s new distracted driving law having an effect?

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Car Accidents

Over a year has passed since Ohio declared texting while driving a primary offense and about six months since it went into full effect. Law enforcement in Toledo and the rest of the state has shifted from issuing warnings to tickets with fines attached. But has this legal step altered driver behavior in Toledo? Is distracted driving less of a threat these days?

Early results show promise

There is reason to be optimistic, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). Reports indicate a decrease in distracted driving crashes this year. In fact, 2023 witnessed the lowest number of distracted driving-related fatal crashes in the last five years. These statistics suggest the new law, which bans the use of hand-held electronic devices like cellphones while driving, may be making the roads safer.

In the latter part of 2023, OSHP issued nearly 3,600 distracted driving violations, more than double the previous year. It could be that more drivers are choosing to do the right thing rather than risk an expensive fine.

Still a problem

While the statistics point to progress, distracted drivers continue to be a threat on Toledo’s roads. The law aims to protect, but it cannot prevent every incident.

If you have been hurt by a distracted driver, it is important to understand your rights and options. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer can provide clarity and support through the recovery process.