The Dayton Daily News has reported that a bill that would ban texting
for drivers in Ohio has cleared a state legislative panel. According to
the newspaper, an Ohio House committee unanimously approved the
legislation on March 30.
Under the bill, a violation for texting would be a
minor misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $150. The measure
would allow for a motorist to be stopped for texting alone. It also sets
up a six-month grace period during which only warnings could be issued.
If it becomes law, Ohio would join 30 states and the District of Columbia in banning texting for all drivers.