Despite studies that have shown texting while driving to be more dangerous than driving while intoxicated Ohio remains one of 12 states that has no law in place banning the practice.
The Ohio House voted March 24 to ban text messaging while driving, but Ohio Senate Bill 164 is still pending and is expected to be considered in September.
In the meantime, this dangerous practice continues unabated and is continuing to have tragic consequences.
Most recently in our area, the death of a 55-year-old business owner in Mahoning County was caused by a teen-aged driver who has admitted to police that she had been sending a text message at the time of the crash in June, according to a preliminary report.
Now the man's family is working to gain support for the bill's passage.
Our state has lagged behind on this safety issue for far too long, so we hope the Ohio Senate takes this bill up again as soon as possible. Better yet, we'd like to see the legislature consider a total ban on hand-held cell phones while driving. Think of the lives that could save.