The Ohio traffic school has a new technology it’s hoping will help drivers avoid tickets for the distractions that can result from texting while driving.
The Ohio Department of Transportation said Thursday that it is rolling out its automated traffic enforcement system, or TLE, which uses the GPS-guided, video-guided cameras in some vehicles to determine when a driver has distracted or distracted-driving violations.
The automated system, which is being rolled out in some of Ohio’s more than 60 counties, also has a way to detect when a person is using their cellphones while driving, Ohio officials said.
The state also is testing an online system, called TLE-A, which the agency says will allow drivers to report their violations and get an automated ticket for their actions.TLE-a will allow the agency to quickly assess the severity of a violation and then determine if the vehicle has a TLE violation.
Tle-a, which was introduced in 2015, requires drivers to be able to say “yes” or “no” to a series of questions to the system, such as, “Is this my cell phone?,” “Are you driving on a red light?” or “Is there a red signal?”TLE is part of Ohio State Highway Patrol, which has been piloting TLE since July.
The program is a response to a growing number of drivers who are distracted while driving while texting.
In 2014, a study found that more than 1.4 million Ohio drivers were texting while behind the wheel.
The TLE system can be used by law enforcement, the public, insurance companies and others to help identify drivers with distracted driving.