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Texting ban passes Legislature.

Constitution Believer 2012/05/18 02:04:57
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Today here in Ohio we passed a law that, as I see it, will save many lives and millions of dollars in accident claims.
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May. 16, 2012 |



COLUMBUS -- A statewide texting-while-driving ban that could be tricky
to enforce cleared the Ohio Legislature on Tuesday and was headed to the
governor's desk for his expected signature.



The House cleared the measure on a 82-12 vote. The Senate passed it this
month.



All drivers would be banned from texting, though young drivers could
more easily be pulled over for it.



That's fine by 17-year-old Salome Beneye of Columbus.



"It should be more strictly enforced toward teens," Beneye
said in a phone interview. "I'm not saying it shouldn't toward adults as
well, but I feel like teens have a better chance of getting in greater
accidents than adults would."



Beneye, who's had her license since November, said she doesn't make
phone calls or text while driving thanks in part to a series of pictures
highlighting distracted driving accidents that were shown in her drivers'
education class.



"It's really scary," she said. "No text or phone call is
worth my life."



The bill would make texting with hand-held devices a secondary offense for
adults. That means drivers could be ticketed for typing emails or instant
messages only if they were first pulled over for another offense, such as
running a red light.



The measure is tougher on teen drivers. Texting or using an electronic
device while driving would be a primary offense for those under age 18. Minors
could not use their cellphones, iPads, laptops or other electronic devices
while driving unless there's an emergency.



Minors could be fined $150 for the first offense and have their license suspended
for 60 days. Repeat offenders could face a $300 fine and get their license
taken away for a year. Teens could have hands-free GPS navigation devices, but
they couldn't use other electronic devices unless an emergency arises, or the
vehicle was stopped and off the roadway.



The measure would be among the broadest in the country in terms of teen
distracted driving restrictions, according to the Governors Highway Safety
Association. Texting while driving is prohibited in 38 states, the organization
has found. An additional five states prohibit text messaging by new drivers.



Some states, such as such as Connecticut and Washington, also ban young
or new drivers from using wireless devices even if it's hands-free.



Democratic Rep. Nancy Garland, the bill's co-sponsor, said it would make
Ohio's roads safer. She recounted stories brought to her by constituents,
fathers and wives whose relatives died from distracted drivers who were
texting.



"It is time to end these tragedies," Garland, of New Albany,
told her colleagues.



The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police supports the legislation. However,
the group's president has said the organization would have preferred that
texting be a primary offense for all drivers because it would have been easier
to enforce.



"You're asking a law enforcement officer to determine at 30 mph
whether someone is under 18 or not, so that's a challenge," said Jay
McDonald, Ohio FOP president.



Still, McDonald said the measure is a good first step in cracking down
on the problem of distracted driving among teens. "That's who we think are
the most vulnerable drivers," he said in a recent interview.



The measure also gives officers an avenue to investigate whether texting
has played a role in a crash or traffic accident, McDonald said. "It will
enable us to get a warrant and look into it much more thoroughly than we did
before."



Ohio's bill would make texting behind the wheel a misdemeanor for
drivers, with possible fines of $150. The measure wouldn't trump city
ordinances on texting or cellphone use that might be tougher.



The legislation is a weaker statewide texting ban than an earlier
version that the House passed in June. That version had made texting a primary
offense, but it didn't include the crackdown on teen drivers.



The switch to the secondary offense came amid concerns in the Senate
about how the law would be enforced by authorities. Senators had wrangled with
concerns about enforcement since the bill stalled in their chamber last fall.


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  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2012/05/18 03:14:37
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +5
    I lost a distant cousin due to a texting accident...normally i don't like laws that interefer...BUT the mentally enfeebled can NOT be counted to control themselves

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  • Lefteria Alethia 2012/05/20 11:36:55
    Undecided
    Lefteria Alethia
    Undecided only because I didn't like any other option. Doesn't Ohio have distracted driving laws? If it does, then why does it need this law? Distracted driving laws cover all things that would distract a driver. Why do we have usless redundant laws in this country?
  • Constit... Lefteri... 2012/05/20 23:39:00
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/05/20 03:40:52
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    I see it all the time. If they're not texting, they're on their phone, not paying a bit of attention to their driving. Just another confirmation of how many stupidheads we live among. I'm very glad to see this law pass.
  • Burning Bright Embers 2012/05/19 11:01:00
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    Burning Bright Embers
    It is dangerous. While driving, both eyes should be on the road and both hands should be on the wheel.
  • Jdogg 2012/05/19 04:30:29
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    Jdogg
    Unfortunately people will keep on doing it.
  • Pete 2012/05/18 20:38:10 (edited)
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    Pete
    I have often wondered whether this phenomenon Texting is an addiction, entertainment or just people trying to show-off. I don't know what their intention are but either way it's getting out of control. What's so important that people just can't wait until they no longer driving or walking around? Something has to give in. I hope they would pass similar law all across America before more people get killed or they killed themselves.

    PBWY
  • Constit... Pete 2012/05/18 21:10:01
  • Pete Constit... 2012/05/18 22:45:05
    Pete
    That is exactly my point. If it that important they can always call back if not you lose nothing........................ PBWY
  • D.C.Verdone 2012/05/18 20:23:41
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    D.C.Verdone
    Thats good. It would be one thing if you were only putting yourself at risk but everyone around you is at risk too which is why it is not ok. I still wouldn't like it if it was a only a risk to you. No one wants to lose a friend or family member to something like this.
  • Constit... D.C.Ver... 2012/05/18 21:10:47
  • **StarzAbove** 2012/05/18 20:15:46
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    **StarzAbove**
    Great idea.
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/05/18 20:13:23
  • stevmackey 2012/05/18 20:12:22
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    stevmackey
    +1
    That is as bad as reading a newspaper when driving. It was pretty good to see a female motorcycle cop texting while riding. The deputy was ticketed by a local cop.
  • enlightened one 2012/05/18 15:40:18
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    enlightened one
    +1
    I usually don't like more laws that impede an individual's right for free speech but this one should be enforced. I am not sure why anyone would forget the rules of survival, period but diverting one's eyes to read and communicate on an electronic device should be a no-brainer. That is much the same are trying to read a book while driving or applying mascara while driving. Dangerous not only for the driver, but for the other people as well.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/18 11:51:45
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    They already have it here in NC.
  • Raithere 2012/05/18 07:02:24
    Undecided
    Raithere
    +2
    Instead of fining people for texting while driving we should take away their driver's licenses.

    Anyone that stupid should not be behind the wheel of an automobile... ever.
  • TheTruth1313 2012/05/18 06:09:36
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    TheTruth1313
    +2
    I'm fine with people talking on the cell while driving, but, texting while driving is just plain stupid and irresponsible.
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/05/18 03:19:10
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +3
    They finally got it here. Before it I saw a girl driving a jeep with her knee on the steering wheel texting with both hands on a 50 mph road, these idiots are dangerous. Need hands free phone law too. I don't usually advocate extra laws but phones and driving don't mix. We had a woman hit an 80 year old pedestrian in a cross walk and kill him because she was on the phone then lie and try to claim she wasn't, thank the phone co. for records of all calls and times, totally disgusting loss of life.
  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2012/05/18 03:14:37
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +5
    I lost a distant cousin due to a texting accident...normally i don't like laws that interefer...BUT the mentally enfeebled can NOT be counted to control themselves
  • Constit... Ballade... 2012/05/18 03:29:20
  • Ballade... Constit... 2012/05/18 03:31:56
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +2
    go for it , old friend
  • swivelhead 2012/05/18 02:39:29
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    swivelhead
  • Constit... swivelhead 2012/05/18 02:42:10
  • swivelhead Constit... 2012/05/18 02:59:30
    swivelhead
    +3
    The only problem with the bill is the fine is much too low. To make a point it should at least be quadrupled.
  • Constitution Believer 2012/05/18 02:20:49
  • 'Zedd Constit... 2012/05/19 07:30:26
  • flaca BN-0 2012/05/18 02:17:48
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    flaca BN-0
    +2
    How did Man survive before cellphones anyway? I ask my kids that question all the time.
    They look at me as if they don't understand the question. That's how clueless the young are.
  • Constit... flaca BN-0 2012/05/18 02:41:33
  • bman~AVA~BTTB 2012/05/18 02:08:32
    Great I think every state should have this law.
    bman~AVA~BTTB
    +3
    We've had this similar law in Illinois for awhile now. You get caught texting and driving you're gonna be in a world of hurt here.
  • Constit... bman~AV... 2012/05/18 02:34:30
  • bman~AV... Constit... 2012/05/18 09:51:50
    bman~AVA~BTTB
    +2
    I hear what you're saying my friend. It already "has" saved a bunch out here. As far as I'm concerned if you want to text then pull your car over and do. When finished then go back to driving. I just don't see why some folks just don't seem to get that. There have even been folks that got themselves run over while texting and walking. They don't pay any attention and the next thing you know they're walking out into traffic.
  • Constit... bman~AV... 2012/05/18 17:53:39
  • bman~AV... Constit... 2012/05/19 02:14:55
    bman~AVA~BTTB
    Oh man! Peanut I'm real sorry to hear that. Yeah that really bites big! I hope things work out for you here. Like you said though, since Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country then it might be a real trick to get reimbursed here.

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