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Ohio State Highway Patrol enforcing new driving campaign

September is Safe Driving Awareness Month in Ohio, and state troopers are really focused on limiting distracted driving, which doesn't just include your cell phone.

September is Safe Driving Awareness Month in Ohio, and state troopers are really focused on limiting distracted driving, which doesn't just include your cell phone.

"It's driving down the road trying to put your makeup on, driving down the road trying to read the newspaper, which I’ve seen before, yelling at the kids in the backseat, looking at a traffic crash," said Lt. James Faunda of the OSHP.

Drivers seem to be more distracted than ever, especially during the month of September.

"We're coming off of the three summer holidays, people are starting to get back into their routines, whether it's new jobs, going back to college, starting school again," Faunda said.

More school buses are on the road during rush-hour, and many forget to slow down and pay attention.

Since receiving federal funding early this year, the state highway patrol is cracking down on distractions.

"Since we started concentrating on that, the number of distracted driving arrests went up dramatically in the last 9 months," Faunda said.

He also wants to remind drivers to obey the speed limit, always wear your seatbelt, and never drive impaired.

"In 2017, OSHP handled more than 14,000 crashes that were related to impaired driving. Almost 400 people died in those crashes," Faunda said.

And if you have a smartphone, there's a do not disturb while driving feature under settings you can activate.

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