Currently 38 states and the District of Columbia legally prohibit drivers from sending and receiving text messages while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle in motion. A board in the Ohio state senate is currently reassessing introducing legislation that would ban drivers from sending and receiving text messages while operating a moving motor vehicle. The bill under deliberation would penalize text messaging while driving with a fine of up to $150. Under the legislation, text messaging while behind the wheel of a moving car would be considered a minor misdemeanor. Though the Republican majority in Ohio’s state House of Representatives has approved its version of this bill, the legislation has been delayed in the state senate. According to senate leadership, the bill might be hard for law enforcement officers to implement. The version of the bill now being considered by the senate might contain an amendment to prohibit drivers under the age of 18 from using electronic handheld communication devices for any purpose while driving an automobile. The bill may be up for vote by the entire senate later this week.
As an auto accident attorney in San Jose, I am aware of the many dangerous situations caused by distracted drivers. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto collision caused by an inattentive driver, please consider discussing your legal options with a San Jose personal injury lawyer.