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Ohio Bill Would Make Texting and Driving a Primary Offense

The advancement of technology has led to many wonderful achievements over the years. We live in a time where one can connect on social media and browse the web with only a push of a button. However, this advancement has led to some serious and potentially dangerous drawbacks.

Previously, we discussed the dangers of distracted driving and how doing so puts you and others on the road at risk. As a response, the state of Ohio proposed a bill that would make texting and driving a primary offense — not a secondary offense.

The current law in Ohio states that police must cite you for a primary offense such as speeding before they can cite you for using your cellphone while driving. Ohio is just one of four states where texting and driving is not a primary offense.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, there have been 13,867 crashes and 52 deaths in 2018 that involved distracted driving. ODOT also mentions that it is likely these numbers are under-reported

Stay tuned as we will be following this bill closely and we will provide further updates as it progresses.

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