Ohio is cracking down on distracted driving

Nate Crosby |

Distracted driving is a serious problem in the United States. It refers to any activity that diverts a driver's attention away from the road, such as texting, eating, or using a GPS device. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents and fatalities on the road, and as such, many states have implemented laws to try to limit this behavior.

Distracted driving laws vary from state to state. Some states have enacted laws that prohibit all drivers from using cell phones while driving, while others have only banned texting while driving or have imposed restrictions for certain age groups or school bus drivers. One of the most common distracted driving laws is the ban on texting while driving. In addition, many states have also banned the use of hand-held cell phones and electronic communication devices while driving. These laws prohibit drivers from using their phones to make calls, send texts, or access the internet while driving. Some states have made exceptions for emergency situations or for hands-free phone use, but in most cases, these laws apply to all drivers regardless of age or experience.

While the laws regarding distracted driving vary from state to state, the consequences for violating these laws are generally consistent. Drivers who are caught texting or using a hand-held cell phone while driving may be subject to fines, points on their license, or even jail time in some cases. In Ohio, Governor DeWine recently passed a bill that makes the use of cell phones and other electronic communication devices, while driving, a primary traffic offense. DeWine commented that “too many people are willing to risk their lives while behind the wheel to look at their phones.” He added that the goal is to reduce auto accidents and save lives.

Despite these laws, distracted driving remains a serious problem across the United States. There have been some great technology enhancements to help make things less distracting for drivers – some of these things include:

  • In-vehicle systems that allow drivers to make hands-free calls
  • You can use your smartphone to send texts from your voice 
  • Smartphones can automatically go on ‘do not disturb’ mode while driving 
  • Attach your phone to a holder on your dashboard or vents – that way it’s easier to see your phone if needed 
  • Don’t forget you can also pull off the road and stop your vehicle safely before using your phone 

All of these tools can help reduce the temptation to use hand-held devices while driving. 

In conclusion, distracted driving is a serious problem and while new laws are an important step in the right direction, it is up to each of us to ensure that they are followed. We all have people in our lives that have a bad habit of using their phones while driving, but by educating and utilizing technology, we can work to create a safer driving environment for everyone.

Stay safe out there!