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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol, along with their counterparts in five neighboring states, will spend the next week focusing efforts on distracted driving.

Sgt. Vincent Shirey told FOX 8 News that troopers will not just be looking out for texting and driving.

Shirey said they will also be looking for anything that takes your eyes, and your attention, off of the road. That could be changing the radio station or turning to pay attention to your kids, according to Shirey.

People who drive a lot said distracted driving has become a huge problem, particularly people using cell phones.

"There's a lot of people doing it and they are all over the road, people texting and driving, going lane to lane," said Parma truck driver, Vitaly Povroznik.

Mike Novotny and his wife Michelle are moving from Georgia to Ohio and have spent a lot of time on the road.

"We've done 8,000 miles on the interstates over the last two months and that is the predominant thing that we see is people texting or talking on their phones," said Novotny.

The Highway Patrol said for drivers over 18, using a cell phone while behind the wheel is a secondary offense.

But bobbing and weaving all over the highway is enough to get you pulled over and Shirey said that is what troopers will take extra care to look for during the enhanced effort.

The high-visibility enforcement effort began at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. It continues through 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

"The Patrol is serious about eliminating threats on roadways, and we’re proud of this collaborative, multi-state effort," said Colonel Paul A. Pride, patrol superintendent. "By cracking down on distracted driving, we are making Ohio and surrounding states safer."​

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