Ohio Bill Passed Banning Texting While Driving

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Texting while driving is now illegal after a bill passed this morning in the Ohio House of Representatives, 82-12. The Ohio Senate approved this bill 25-8, on May 3rd.


The bill specifically bans teens from using any electronic device while driving, whereas adults can still use these devices for purposes other than texting.  


According to the bill, there is a six month warning period before motorists violating the law will be subject to the consequences. 


After this period, if a teen is cited for their first offense they will be subject to a license suspension of 60 days. An adult will receive a fine of no more than $150. 


“I think they have pushed it far enough for now and we'll see how how effective that is. If they, if they get any stronger, it will be because they, they're getting more serious,” said Richard Nostrant, owner of Richard Nostrant Remedial Driving Program in Athens. 


“But you can't really stop people from doing their own things, but you can, you can discourage it and frown on it,” said Nostrant.