Back off on the road.
That's the lesson taken from some new statistics involving crashed in Ohio in 2012.
Driving too closely or tailgating was the leading cause of crashes in the Buckeye State last year.
Of those tailgating crashes, nearly 60 people were killed and more than 18,000 were injured.
The Ohio Revised Code states that drivers should allow enough space between their vehicle and another one ahead so an overtaking car may enter and occupy such space without danger.
"I think most of the time, it's a lack of knowledge. I don't think people realize the distances of following the car in front of them," says Sergeant Michael S. Seabolt of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Tailgating in Ohio is a primary offense.
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