AAA testifies in support of Ohio texting ban

COLUMBUS — As part of a national initiative to ban texting while driving, AAA East Central’s Brian Newbacher testified today before the Ohio House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee on House Bill 99, proposed legislation that would prohibit texting while driving in Ohio.

“Texting while driving is the most dangerous of all distractions behind the wheel. It therefore merits special attention with its own law and enforcement and education programs,” Newbacher testified.

A recent survey of the motoring public by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 24 percent of motorists of all ages admitted to text messaging while driving. Nearly half of drivers ages 18 to 24 admitted to text messaging while driving, according to the AAA press release.

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