As legislation prohibiting drivers from sending and reading text messages while driving on state roadways is under consideration in the Ohio State Senate, a Girl Scout troop in the state is lending its support to the effort to rid the state of distracted driver related accidents. The Girl Scout troop was required to participate in a community action project, and the members of this troop chose to discourage drivers from engaging in the distracting practice while behind the wheel. The members of the Girl Scout troop met at the Fairview-Clifton School to construct a large message banner. They also wrote letters to local senators encouraging them to vote for the legislation banning text messaging while driving, and their letter to the city’s mayor resulted in his proclaiming May 11 as “No Texting While Driving Day.” The Girl Scouts in this troop are making posters discouraging distracted driving practices and collecting pledges from citizens in their communities promising not to send text messages while driving.
The bill currently under consideration in the Ohio State Senate would make it illegal for drivers to send text messages while operating a motor vehicle, but motorists older than the age of 18 cannot be pulled over by law enforcement officers for text messaging only. Texting and driving would be considered a secondary offence requiring a driver to violate another traffic law before they can be issued a citation for texting and driving.
As a car accident attorney in Roseville, I have seen the dangers that can result from inattentive driving. If you have been injured in an accident, please consider contacting a personal injury lawyer in Roseville.