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Rally supports possible Ohio texting ban

Published: Thu, September 22, 2011 @ 8:35 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Lawmakers, police and families met on the lawn of the Ohio Statehouse to rally in support of a measure to ban texting while driving.

An estimated 75 people showed up today to bolster the bill, which would make it a minor misdemeanor to text while driving.

The proposal’s sponsors were joined by representatives of central Ohio police departments, local politicians and the daughter of a man killed when he was hit by a texting driver.

Under the bill, a violation would be punishable by a fine of up to $150. The measure would allow for a motorist to be stopped for texting alone.

If it becomes law, Ohio would join 30 states and the District of Columbia in banning texting for all drivers.


1ldchian(56 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

if you drink and drive you lose your license for six months and pay a huge fine. texting and driving is as dangerous and should carry the same penalties.

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2NoBS(2757 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I agree, idchian. Impaired driving is impaired driving.

I don't even think talking on the phone while driving should be legal - it's been proven to impair the driver's abilities, too.

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3jasoninohio(119 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I don't support this 1 bit. Do put a ban on just texting is not enough. Make this bill have some teeth. Ban texting, eating, putting make-up on, shaving, etc while you are driving.

Passing a bill like this is like making it illegal to make guns, but not to buy them. This really is just a half azzed effort by the state.

NoBS, I do agree about talking on the phone also. I talk on the phone while I drive, but I went hands free a few years ago. I use my blue tooth all the time and I think more drivers should.

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