20 states and Washington, D.C., have bans on text messaging for all drivers,
Business First Of Columbus - BIZJOURNALS
- March 25, 2010
The Ohio House of Representatives this week passed legislation cracking down on text-messaging while driving, putting Ohio on track to join nearly two-dozen other states with similar laws on the books.
The legislation, House Bill 415, bans reading or typing text messages while driving and classifies the offense as a minor misdemeanor with a fine of up to $150. The measure passed 85-12 with bipartisan support and is on its way to consideration in the state Senate.
Should the ban take effect, it includes a six-month grace period for drivers caught violating the new law. Drivers also will be permitted to use text messaging if at a standstill and pulled off the road.
Around the nation, 20 states and Washington, D.C., have bans on text messaging for all drivers, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
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