CLEVELAND - Millions of dollars are spent on campaigns to warn people of the dangers of texting and driving. But not everyone who needs to hear the message is listening. Danita Harris spent a day with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to see who is the worst offender of texting and driving.
There are thousands of victims of texting and driving. Megan Dixon is one of them. She still thinks about the accident that put her in the hospital. "He was getting over to my lane real quick but not paying attention because he was on his phone." says Dixon.
Megan fractured both oh her knees and hit her face on the steering wheel. The driver was in his 30s and texting his boss.
In Ohio, it's illegal for anyone under 18 to use any electronic wireless communications devices. Age 18 and older it's illegal to write, send or read a text. Harris rode along with Lieutenant Antonio Matos of the Ohio State Highway Patrol to see just how bad the problem is.
Matos said, "We had almost 3,000 crashes involving distracted driving last year in 2013 and and 16 of those ended up being fatal crashes which is just unacceptable."
In spite of that, Lieutenant Matos believes the message has spread. He says we have to keep educating people and putting that message out.
As for Megan, one driver's decision left her with lasting injuries that changed her life forever. When it comes to texting and driving she says, "I just think it is very pointless and it is a very selfish thing to do."
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