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Ohio Bill Would Strengthen Driver Texting Ban

December 15, 2014

Ohio House Bill 637, if passed into law, would make texting while driving a primary offense.
Ohio House Bill 637, if passed into law, would make texting while driving a primary offense.

New legislation introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives would make texting while driving a primary, instead of a secondary, offense.

If passed into law, the legislation would allow law enforcement officers to pull over drivers for the texting violation alone. Officers wouldn't need to witness another traffic violation to stop the driver and issue a ticket.

Additionally, the bill would prohibit all cell phone use while driving in school zones during restricted hours and construction zones during work hours.

House Bill 637, introduced by Rep. Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont), has already passed the Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee by a vote of 10-2.

To view a WLWT Channel 5 news report on the bill, click here.

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