IN LESS than three months, Ohio will have a new texting ban law in place. Ohio will be the nation’s 39th state to have one.
The ban became reality Friday when Gov. John Kasich signed off on the legislation. We are in line with the texting ban. We believe it will enhance safety while driving.
We do believe, however, the new legislation also features some inequity.
Drivers in Ohio will be banned from reading, writing and sending text messages from behind the wheel under the new law. That is all well and good.
Teens face a stricter crackdown.
The measure, once officially in place, will ban drivers under the age of 18 from using cellphones, iPads, Iatops or other electronic devices. Teens will not be allowed to make calls or browse the Web while driving.
The law designates texting or using an electronic device as a primary offense for minors. It is a secondary offense, however, for adults, who also cannot be cited for typing in a number or a name to make a call.
The measure does allow all drivers to text and use their cellphones in cases of emergency and when the vehicle is stopped and off the road. Such exemptions make sense.
We believe the texting roadway should be leveled for all motorists.
The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police also supports the new legislation. As is our belief, the organization would have preferred that texting be a primary offense for all drivers. Such a move makes for easier enforcement.
Texting knows no age limits. The new legislation should be enforced equally.