Ohio lawmaker wants tougher state texting ban

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker who sponsored the state’s texting-while-driving ban says more should be done to strengthen the law.

State Rep. Rex Damschroder says he plans to introduce a stricter ban sometime in the next two weeks. The Fremont Republican said the new proposal would make texting while driving a primary offense. That means law enforcement officers could cite motorists for texting regardless of whether they were breaking another law.

Currently, it’s a secondary offense for those 18 and older. That means an officer has to stop a driver for another offense first, such as running a red light.

Younger drivers are prohibited from texting or using cellphones or other hand-held devices. For them, it’s a primary offense.

Legislators are not expected back to the Capitol until after the November election.

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