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Ohio Troopers Flying High to Bust Distracted Drivers
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- State troopers are taking to the skies in a week-long effort designed to get distracted drivers off Ohio's highways.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol plane is being used each day through June 22 in central Ohio, where troopers watch for signs of distracted driving below, such as tailgating, excessive lane changes, and unexplained speed reductions.
Troopers said the plane is an important tool in their effort to combat the problem of distracted driving, which has grown in recent years, due in large part to the popularity of cell phones.
"People who use handheld devices are four times more likely to get in a crash serious enough to hurt themselves," Trooper Michael Myers said.
State troopers in Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are also participating in the week-long effort.