Ohio Moves Texting And Driving Ban Forward

by nph | May 11th, 2012

May 11, 2012

A bill that would make texting and driving illegal in Ohio made further progress Thursday when the state Senate approved the legislation. According to the Chicago Tribune News, the bill will now go before the House of Representatives for a vote to decide its fate.

The legislation would make it a secondary offense to operate a hand held device in order to send or receive messages or email while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. This means that the offender would have to have committed another crime to be pulled over before an officer could issue a citation for texting and driving.

Violations of the new law would be a misdemeanor offense punishable by a $150 fine. The new legislation would not take precedence over the local codes in towns across the state which already prohibit the activity.

While lawmakers are optimistic that the law will reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted driving, statistics from communities who have had similar laws in place for several years show otherwise. For instance, the town of Conneaut, Ohio, has had a texting and driving ban in place for several years, yet only one ticket has ever been issued for an offense.

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