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Ohio Turnpike, Indiana Toll Road join partnership to push safe driving habits

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Turnpike is partnering with the Indiana Toll Road and the Pennsylvania Turnpike to promote safe driving habits.

Ohio Turnpike officials say the agencies are jointly launching a public education campaign focusing on the consequences associated with distracted driving and how to prevent it. They say the “What Message Are You Sending?” video campaign stresses how important it is for drivers to avoid poor decisions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates over 3,000 people in the U.S. died as a result of distracted driving in 2017. Common examples of that type of driving include motorists attempting to use their cellphones to text, make calls or surf the internet while driving.

The agencies will continue developing awareness campaigns aimed at distracted driving in 2020, with new videos planned.

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