Cleveland Plain Dealer Letter to the Editor: Deadly trends on Ohio roads show why Gov. DeWine’s distracted-driving plan is needed

  • February 18, 2021
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The letter to the editor below by Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety was published by the Cleveland Plain Dealer on February 18, 2021.


The Plain Dealer’s Feb. 9 story outlined a persuasive case for supporting Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed upgrade to Ohio’s distracted driving law (”DeWine again seeks stricter laws on using phones while driving”). It also noted resistance from the Ohio legislature.

One startling fact which should attract lawmakers’ attention is that 2020 was the deadliest year on Ohio roads in over a decade. More than 1,200 people were killed in crashes, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. (CLICK HERE to read the full letter)