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Distracted Driving Law Needs Repairs

September 30, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Perhaps it is because few teenagers vote that Ohio legislators enacted a ban on use of cellular phones and other electronic devices by vehicle operators that is much tougher on younger drivers. Or it could be that lawmakers simply believe younger drivers are more dangerous when distracted by practices such as "texting" on cell phones.

Whatever the logic, it was faulty. Distracted driving is a concern for motorists of all ages, not just juveniles.

After years of being prodded, the General Assembly finally enacted a law aimed at lessening the danger from distracted drivers. It went into effect a few weeks ago.

But while the measure is tough on juveniles, it is less so on adults - and it contains loopholes law enforcement officers say make it difficult to enforce in some situations.

Legislators should close the loopholes and establish the same limits for both adults and younger drivers in Ohio.

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