Teens and adults absolutely should not text and drive. It has been such a major safety issue in our society today. All drivers younger than 18 are banned from using cellphones while behind the wheel. Also all drivers, regardless of age, are banned from texting.
There are some exceptions to the Ohio law. Adults can use cell phones for emergency communications and voice-operated or hands-free devices. In addition, adult drivers can enter phone numbers or use navigation devices. Fines for violation of the anti-texting law are up to $150 and for novice drivers, up to $300. Ohio's (over 18) anti-texting laws are considered "secondary” laws which means that an officer must have another reason for pulling a driver over other than texting.
Do you know how people abbreviate Driving under Intoxication as DUI? Well now you can say DWI, meaning Driving While Intexticated. In 2011 at least 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones and that was three years ago. Imagine the percent it is up to now!
In my opinion the car shouldn’t even be able to operate with a cellphone being used. This could decrease the deaths and collisions in our area. Where’s a good place to text or even talk on the phone? I can answer that question: Outside of the car is the only necessary time to check your device!