Texting While Driving

Texting While Driving

by Emily Baird on March 30, 2010

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.