(Wapakoneta) – (8-1-21) A portion of US 33 in Mercer County has been identified as a temporary Distracted Driver corridor. This corridor is a six mile stretch of US 33 from US 127 to State Route 197. This temporary zone was established to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes caused by distracted driving and other crash causing violations. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will partner with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office to deter distracted drivers from operating on the roadways.

A review of crash data reveals there have been a total of 88 crashes attributed to distracted driving since January 1, 2019 in Mercer County. Speed violations, failure to yield, distracted driving, and impaired driving are the notable crash causing violations. This section of US 33 is a heavily traveled two lane highway with a 55 MPH speed limit.

Both the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office strive to prevent crashes, educate the public, and ensure the safe travel for all motorists within Mercer County. Motorists are encouraged to limit the distractions within their vehicles and focus on the road ahead.

This temporary corridor will commence on August 1, 2021 and will conclude on September 30, 2021.