Save Lives – Pass HB 283

Did you know that traffic fatalities in Ohio have risen six of the past seven years, and overall crashes in Ohio remain persistently high at a time when vehicles themselves are getting safer?

  • In 2020, travel in Ohio was down approximately 17%. However, traffic fatalities rose 7% compared to 2019. Ohio ended 2020 with 1,237 traffic deaths—82 more than the 1,155 reported in 2019.
  • As of mid-September, 2021 traffic deaths are up by 11% compared to the same time last year. Ohio is on pace to exceed last year’s total traffic fatalities. If we do, it will mark seven of eight years that deaths have risen in Ohio.

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

Read the Distracted Driving Case Statement

Read the Official Bill

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 concern. Please contact your state legislators today and share this website with your network.