Ohio House OKs bill to stiffen texting-while-driving penalty
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved legislation that could make it possible for drivers to be pulled over by police solely for holding or using a cellphone while driving.
The bill approved Wednesday would stiffen penalties for texting while driving and put stricter limits on how a person can use a cellphone while operating a vehicle.
Ohio law currently prohibits texting while driving but allows drivers to hold their phones during a call and manually press buttons or screens to make those calls.
However, The proposal would prohibit drivers from “using, holding, or physically supporting” such a device, with some exceptions.
If the bill becomes law, violating it would be a primary offense, meaning police can issue a ticket to the driver for that violation.
The bill will go to the Senate next.