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.

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