Proposal would ban drivers from holding phones, devices in Ohio

Proposal would ban drivers from holding phones, devices in Ohio
Police and driving experts say it's best to avoid distractions while behind the wheel. (Source: WWNY)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new legislative effort to crack down on distracted driving would make it illegal to drive in Ohio while holding a phone or any other electronic device.

The bill introduced Monday by GOP House members Cindy Abrams and Brian Lampton would also make distracted driving a primary driving offense.

That would mean police wouldn’t need another reason to pull drivers over before enforcing the ban on holding devices.

The measure incorporates many elements of a proposal that Republican Gov. Mike DeWine unsuccessfully pushed earlier this year.

The bill allows exceptions for emergency responders.

It also includes a “one-swipe” exception for people to answer in-coming calls and then disconnect them.

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