Texting While Driving

by Emily Baird on March 30, 2010 at 5:47 am

You soon may not be able to text while driving in the car.

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill last Wednesday that would make the activity illegal statewide. The bill is now in the Senate for discussion.

A majority of local residents we spoke with seem to have similar opinions about the bill possibly becoming a law.

"I can’t say I don’t do it because I do. I do it all the time, but you shouldn’t be allowed to do it, " says Coshocton resident Rachelle Bible.

"It’s just taking their focus off the road. If they’re looking at their phone, they’re not paying attention to what’s going on around them. So, I definitely think it causes a lot more problems, especially with younger, inexperienced drivers that are doing a lot of the texting, " says Byesville resident Jay Kane.

However, they aren’t sure how effective the law would be.

"I don’t know how they are going to enforce it. I mean if they pull someone over for texting on the phone, they can be like ‘Well, I wasn’t texting.’ ," says Kane.

"I don’t think people would follow it, honestly. I mean it might go through, but I don’t think people would follow it," says Bible.

Bible says there’s just too many people who text while driving. If the bill does pass, drivers could face a fine of up to 150 dollars if they are caught.