(DUBLIN, Ohio) — The City of Dublin is attacking distracted driving with a two-prong approach. Dublin Division of Police announced today that officers are leading an enforcement campaign which aims to change driving behavior through enforcement and education.
Throughout the rest of the year, Dublin officers will target high crash areas at least twice a week.
The City is also launching an education campaign to end distracted driving, reduce crashes and save lives. This campaign will include education and special events including a Town Hall meeting in September.
The City’s campaign echoes Maria’s Message, a campaign to end distracted driving started by WBNS-10tv’s Dom Tiberi after his daughter, Maria, died last year in a distracted driving accident. The City’s efforts also supplement Gov. John Kasich’s declaration of September as Safe Driving Month.
“We want the City’s residents, 70,000 workers, and 2.6 million annual visitors to know distracted driving will be a focus here,” Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said. “Whether you turn off your phone or ignore it doesn’t matter, just drive.
Distracted driving is a growing problem that faces us all with an estimated nine deaths a day across the country, he said. “Until we make driving the sole focus, we are all at risk.”
Dublin has one of the toughest distracted driving laws in the state. In Dublin, distracted driving is a primary offense which means motorists can be pulled over for texting while driving, talking on a phone, using a navigational system – or anything that distracts them from driving.
While changing behavior is the focus, motorists can be fined $250, with two points added to their license for the moving violation.
Dublin’s campaigns were announced at Dublin City Council tonight where Dublin City Council also issued a proclamation and heard comments by Dublin residents Dom and Terri Tiberi, Maria’s parents.
The Ohio Department of Transportation also had a driving simulator at the announcement where residents tested the true dangers of distracted driving in a safe environment.
“Distracted driving is a dangerous driving behavior. The most effective way to combat this behavior is through educational programs and enforcement efforts,” explained Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety. “By working with our local partners – like the City of Dublin and programs like Maria’s Message – the behavior will change and lives will be saved.”
Learn more about distracted driving at www.DublinOhioUSA.gov/distracted-driving
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