Save Lives – Pass HB 283
Did you know that traffic fatalities in Ohio have risen seven of the past eight years, and overall crashes in Ohio remain persistently high at a time when vehicles themselves are getting safer?
- Traffic fatalities in Ohio totaled 1,356 in 2021 – the highest since 2002. Fatal crashes rose 6.5% in 2020 over 2019 and climbed another 10% in 2021 over 2020.
- According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there have been more than 69,000 distracted driving crashes in Ohio since 2017, including 2,060 fatal and serious injury crashes.
This rise is directly correlated to more people now having smartphones, leading to an increase in active distraction while behind the wheel. Reducing this active distraction will help save lives.
The Solution to Make Ohio Roads Safer – House Bill 283
Now is the time to contact your state legislators to combat the dangers of distracted driving and support “Hands-Free Ohio” House Bill 283. This legislation would make handling any electronic wireless device while driving a primary offense, with exceptions (e.g. GPS, voice activated technology, emergencies).
Distracted drivers endanger not only themselves, but everyone around them—including other motorists, road construction workers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. A review of crash statistics shows that states with hands-free laws with primary enforcement for all drivers have seen reductions in traffic deaths, many within two years after passing and enforcing new laws.
New public opinion research finds that an overwhelming majority of Ohio drivers (78%) favor a new, statewide hands-free law would prohibit drivers from holding their phone to talk or enter data while driving, but allow them to use voice commands to answer calls and respond to communications.
The Case for a Hands-Free Ohio
Despite increased public awareness and education efforts, distracted driving continues to needlessly injure and claim the lives of Ohioans every year. Ohio trails the majority of states in enacting primary enforcement hands-free laws and must address this growing