State law enforcement targeting distracted driving this week

Texting while driving. (Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, AP)
Texting while driving. (Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio troopers will be targeting distracted driving in an enforcement effort that starts Sunday and includes their counterparts from five neighboring states.

The State Highway Patrol says this latest enforcement initiative from the 6-State Trooper Project will run through July 23.

The patrol’s superintendent, Col. Paul Pride, says people should be fully focused on driving when they’re behind the wheel.

The project includes state police in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. They’re partnering on efforts to improve highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence-sharing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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