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The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports fatalities on the state’s roads have increase in five of the last six years with 2019 being the second-deadliest year in the past decade. That’s why state leaders are backing a new bill to crack down on distracted driving.

Gov. Mike DeWine says part of the state's effort to keep young people safe must involve improving teenage driving. That's why Ohio is rolling out a new program that can give new drivers more practical training before they even get behind the wheel through a virtual driving assessment.

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Columbus City Council will vote to accept a grant for police to implement the Drugged Driving Enforcement Program on Monday night.

The global carpooling market is expected to more than double by 2025. In Cincinnati and across the nation, it remains fairly low. The environmental group Cincinnati 2030 District is encouraging more people to do it and recently held a meeting about corporate carpooling.

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A bill in the Ohio General Assembly would further restrict teen driving, doubling the temporary phase when teens are learning from six months to a year. The legislation would also further restrict night-time driving.

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An Ohio lawmaker co-sponsoring a bill aimed at improving teen driver safety says his support comes from a personal experience.

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E. Dublin-Granville Road and Maple Canyon Drive have topped Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's list of the top 100 High-Crash Intersections in Central Ohio. The rankings not only take into account the number of crashes, but also their severity and the rate of crashes per vehicles that go through.

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Ohioans are now navigating a new process to get their driver’s license, with one major difference from before.

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Matthew Woodyard loves cycling so much he’s taken up something called cyclocross – think of it as a biking form of cross-country-running with a few laps around the track mixed in. He also rides his bike to work up and down the steep hills of the Merriman Valley.

Pedestrian deaths in 2016 were the highest they've been since 1990. And SUVs were responsible for a growing number of those fatalities.

A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that between 2009 and 2016, pedestrian fatalities increased in nearly every circumstance examined. But among all types of vehicles, SUVs had the biggest spike in single-vehicle fatal pedestrian crashes, and crashes were increasingly likely to involve high-horsepower vehicles.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital conducted a study that found laws banning only teen drivers from texting are not as effective as laws that apply to all drivers.


Ohio's Department of Transportation says it has tried, where possible, to reduce the size of work zones on roadways for what is expected to be a busy long weekend of travel around the Christmas holiday.

Hundreds Snagged By Texting While Driving Ban

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Hundreds of Ohio drivers have been cited since the state instituted a ban on texting while driving two years ago. 

New legislation defines "drugged driving"

Mar 30, 2006

Ohio legislators are sending motorists a clear warning --- you better not get behind the wheel if you're high on drugs. Lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that sets very specific thresh-holds in blood or urine tests that could be used to prove a driver is indeed guilty of driving under the influence of drugs.