Police warn about the dangers of distracted driving after deadly Monroe County crash

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Police across Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan say they're cracking down on distracted driving.

"It's something that we definitely look for and something that we ask people to refrain from," said Sgt. Al Romero with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

And drivers in our area are getting fed up with it too.

"I see people at red lights that are stopped and they're texting and you have to give them a honk so they go," said driver Tyler Tresize. "I see people texting and they kind of swerve over into the lane."

"You have to consider when you're driving and you're distracted, it's not your family in the car only, it's the other drivers that surround you," said driver Elayne Harrison. "So you've really got to be careful."

Monroe County deputies say distracted driving caused a deadly pile-up Friday along U.S. 23 in Summerfield Township, Michigan.

An investigation shows 27-year-old Todd M. Moyer slammed his pick-up into the rear of an Ohio woman's car while he was distracted.

Two other vehicles were involved as well.

The Monroe News reports the wreck claimed the lives of 35-year-old Gladys Johnson and her 5-year-old daughter Za-Kira.

"You're not only endangering your life, you're endangering everybody when you're out there distracted," said Sgt. Romero.

Although it's a secondary offense, Ohio state troopers say distracted driving can get you a ticket in the Buckeye State. But they also offer an easy way to prevent that from happening.

"If you're going to be doing that kind of stuff, we're going to ask you to pull over to the side of the road," said Sgt. Romero. "I would prefer that they do that rather than drive while they're doing it."

Simple advice that troopers and drivers say can help prevent accidents and save lives.