OH Senate to consider banning texting while driving statewide

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Texting while driving is the issue at hand for state lawmakers. A senate committee took another look at the proposal to ban drivers from texting while behind the wheel.

The city of Toledo banned drivers from texting while behind the wheel two years ago. The state is looking to follow suit by banning drivers from doing it statewide as well.

The bill was up for revisions by a senate committee in Columbus Wednesday. If passed, it would make writing, reading and sending texts messages while on the road a minor misdemeanor. Drivers caught doing it could also face a $150 fine.

Also on the table is an amendment that would keep 16 and 17-year-olds from using any electronic device while driving.

"Part of the benefit of a law like this is it brings about awareness for the population, that 'Hey, maybe I'll wait to answer that text, knowing that it's against the law to do it,'" said Sgt. Joe Heffernan of the Toledo Police Department.

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