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Ohio Governor Bans Texting While Driving (POLL)

What do you think of the new law? Is it a good or bad thing for Ohio's drivers?

Updated at 2:03 p.m. June 1:

Ohio is the 39th state to ban texting while driving after Gov. John Kasich signed the bill into law Friday afternoon surrounded by family members of those killed by drivers distracted by cell phones, reports The Columbus Dispatch. 

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Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a bill today that will ban reading, writing an sending texts while driving, reports NewsNet5.com.

For adults, texting while driving would be a secondary offense. Teen drivers, however, could be pulled over for using electronic devices like phones and tablets. 

For more information, read Channel 5's full story here.

Amanda Harnocz June 01, 2012 at 01:46 PM
What do you guys think about texting while at a stop light or sitting in traffic?
joe ponikarovsky June 01, 2012 at 02:29 PM
so often i see someone swerve all over the road, trying to text (or talk), paying no regard to those around them, forgetting the fact that they're driving a two-plus-ton machine capable of killing others (and them). so i certainly support the ban; and further, banning all usage of electronics while driving. also, note that this law bans teen drivers from using phones/electronic devices AT ALL and is primarily enforceable, with up to a $300 fine or loss of license. and that the cleveland ban of texting while driving for everyone (also primarily enforceable) supersedes this one, with cleveland also considering a full ban on use of phones/electronics while driving. sitting at a red light/in traffic...it's still dangerous, as people still inch forward a bit here and there and if distracted, could still cause accidents. it's certainly less dangerous, though. so i guess i'm sort of mixed on that one...
Elizabeth June 01, 2012 at 03:58 PM
People who try to text while stopped at a light are the same idiots who cause a backup when they've failed to realize that the light is now green because they are still texting. Put the phone away when you're driving--for all our sakes...
Michael C June 01, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I don't see the harm in checking your phone at a red light. I don't think it's anymore dangerous than taking a sip of coffee or changing the radio.
Earl Elevant June 01, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Of course, cops will have discretion with this law--just like with everything else. If it's warranted you'll get a ticket. If not, you won't. It's mostly about what's reasonable.
glenn bergdorf June 02, 2012 at 12:41 AM
does this apply to the police that are on a cell phone too
Earl Elevant June 02, 2012 at 05:33 AM
I don't know too many police who are teenagers...
Drake Alvarez June 02, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Driving is a privelege, not a right. If you are traveling at 60 MPH, you are moving at 88 feet per second! The AVERAGE text takes FIVE seconds at least! You have just moved 440 feet without looking at the road. That is further than a football field. (300 Ft.) Or in bseball terms you have gone from home plate at Progressive Field to 40 feet beyond the dead center field wall by 40 feet without looking at the road! Put The Phone Away!
Drake Alvarez June 02, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Talking and texting are two different things. The police must talk on phones and the radio as part of their duty! Hands free TALKING, is possible, haven't seen hands free texting yet! However, if you are dead certain, you can try and make a "Citizen's arrest"...Gomer!
Drake Alvarez June 02, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Drake Alvarez 12:40 pm on Saturday, June 2, 2012 Driving is a privelege, not a right. If you are traveling at 60 MPH, you are moving at 88 feet per second! The AVERAGE text takes FIVE seconds at least! You have just moved 440 feet without looking at the road. That is further than a football field. (300 Ft.) Or in bseball terms you have gone from home plate at Progressive Field to 40 feet beyond the dead center field wall without looking at the road! Put The Phone Away!
danielle waskowski June 04, 2012 at 12:01 PM
i was rear ended by someone checking their phone.. my car was totaled..... at a red light...
Priscilla Smith June 04, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Yes, it is tempting to see who just sent you a message. I can see looking at that on a screen as that is just a glance, but not reading the message or replying. Pull over for that. And actually I think the new I-Phone 4S has where you can text by voice. With these laws, that may become much more popular.

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