I-70 Distracted Driving Accidents Result in Special Police Patrols

A two-state, 60-mile stretch of I-70 has been designated as a Distracted Driving Safety Corridor for its numerous auto accidents, traumatic injuries, and fatal crashes, and authorities have had enough.

Henry and Wayne counties make up the Indiana-half of the I-70 Corridor:

I-70 Distracted Driving Corridor - Indiana

I-70 Distracted Driving Corridor – Indiana

A quick Google search for “I-70 accidents Wayne County” returns a number of tragic auto accident stories involving semi-trucks and multiple fatalities.

Preble County accounts for Ohio’s half of the precarious section of I-70:

I-70 Distracted Driving Corridor - Ohio

I-70 Distracted Driving Corridor – Ohio

Similarly, a Google search for “I-70 Preble County accident” also returns several examples of accidents that resulted in a loss of life.

In response to the number of accidents that regularly occur on this section of I-70, a special patrol has been launched made up of police officers from the two states (Indiana and Ohio) and four different departments: Indiana State Police (ISP), Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), Richmond Police Department, and Preble County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to distracted driving, these patrols will be out in force through the end of January looking for other signs of dangerous driving behaviors, including:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Tailgating or following too closely
  • Speeding
  • Driving left of center
  • Unsafe lane movements
  • Failure to use turn signals

Drivers who are stopped and/or ticketed during this special patrol will be subject to the same penalties that would be levied at any other time under Indiana and Ohio state and local laws.

It should also be noted that there are a number of Distracted Driving Corridors outside of I-70. In fact, Ohio has made use of signs to warn drivers of such areas, such as a span of I-76 and I-80 from Newton Falls Road in Mahoning County, to West Liberty Street in Trumbull County.

While corridor examples such as those above have been targeted for their increased number of accidents, the dangers of distracted driving are present each time you get behind the wheel, no matter your location.

Lastly, we want to remind Hoosiers of the recent “Hands-Free Law” that passed July 1st, 2020, aimed at reducing distracted driving accidents. Essentially, the law prohibits you from holding a device while operating a vehicle.

Injured in a Car Accident on I-70? Talk to Boulton Law Group.

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If you were injured in a car accident on I-70, you are always welcome to request a free legal consultation with Matt for easy-to-understand legal advice. As part of Boulton Law Group’s Zero Fee Guarantee, our firm receives nothing for its services until we make a recovery on your behalf.

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