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CINCINNATI -- In the first six months of 2014, two out of every 1,000 accidents in Southwestern Ohio involved texting while driving.
For this analysis, WCPO pulled 13,504 accidents from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s crash database that were reported between Jan. 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014.
We found 232 incidents where the driver was distracted by some type of electronic device in his/her vehicle.
In at least 27 of those cases, the driver either admitted to, or was caught, texting or emailing on an electronic device while operating the vehicle.
The 27 incidents were split fairly evenly between male (14) and female (12) drivers. One driver was not identified by gender.
In a majority of those incidents (19), the driver was less than 35 years old, and seven of those drivers were 25 years old or younger. The average driver’s age was 30 years old; the oldest was 51 years old, the youngest, 18 years old.
No one was killed in any of these accidents, but eight crashes involved injury. Overall, 12 people were injured in texting-related accidents during the period.
Early afternoon/evening was prime time for a texting-related crash. Eight crashes were reported between noon and 6 p.m.
The majority of texting-related accidents (19) were reported in the area’s busiest commuter county — Hamilton.
Hamilton County also has the highest rate of texting-related accidents among the Tri-State's Ohio counties — nearly 1.5 times higher than its neighboring counties.
Here’s a breakdown of texting-related incidents per 1,000 accidents in the Tri-State's Ohio counties:
- Adams – 0 per 1,000 accidents
- Brown – 0 per 1,000 accidents
- Butler – 0.55 per 1,000 accidents
- Clermont – 1.95 per 1,000 accidents
- Hamilton – 2.85 per 1,000 accidents
- Warren – 1.78 per 1,000 accidents
At least 12 crashes involved a single vehicle hitting another object or non-moving vehicle. In the 15 incidents where multiple moving vehicles were involved, all but two were rear-end collisions.