When an Ohio driver is behind the wheel, his or her main priority should be to arrive safely at the destination. Unfortunately, drivers often allow other things to shift their focus, increasing the chance of a motor vehicle accident. Distracted driving is a serious safety concern, and in Ohio, it is also a traffic violation that can result in fines and other penalties for offenders.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to avoid distracted behaviors while operating motor vehicles. Statistics indicate that the state has seen more than 75,000 distraction-related deaths since 2015. Law enforcement states that these types of accidents are completely preventable, and avoiding distraction is something everyone can do to protect themselves, loved ones and everyone else on the road.

In 2018, Ohio passed legislation that broadened the definition of distracted driving, making it easier to increase fines if this behavior was a contributing factor in a traffic violation. State lawmakers are considering another bill that would make using an electronic device while driving a primary offense. It is hoped that steeper penalties will encourage drivers to put down their phones.

As of now, use of a device while driving is a secondary traffic violation. However, it can increase fines and cause other complications for a driver. When facing the consequences of traffic violations, such as expensive fines and increased insurance rates, it may be helpful to work with an experienced attorney. There are times when is possible to fight a ticket and secure lower penalties that can have a detrimental impact on a driver’s life.