CLEVELAND - The Ohio Senate will likely vote Thursday on a bill that would make it illegal for teenagers to text and drive.
The Associated Press confirms, if approved, teenagers under 18 years old could be banned from texting or using any electronic device when driving, unless it’s an emergency.
The proposed law would make the crime a minor misdemeanor for teens which could end in fines, and on repeated offenses, could even involve getting your license taken away.
The bill would also do something else. It would make texting for adults a secondary offense. So if you're an adult, you would have to be pulled over for something else like running a red light or speeding in order to get in trouble for texting.
Some senators are concerned how this would be enforced. One senator said this could open the door to future infringements on personal freedom.
There are six other states that ban "new" drivers from texting while driving but not singling out teenagers specifically.
If passed, the law would not trump any local texting laws.
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