Every time we take a seat behind the steering wheel, we accept great responsibility. We hold not only our safety, but the safety of others, in our hands. The physics of machines weighing more than a thousand pounds traveling past each other at speeds of at least 55 miles per hour puts into perspective the amount of damage that can be done, especially to human life.
Additionally, for anyone older than 18, texting while driving is a secondary offense and can be added to a citation for committing another traffic violation. Some exceptions to the law include emergency and navigational use, as well as public safety vehicles who depend on this technology.
Because we all share our public roads and highways, we have an obligation to keep them safe. I am confident that banning texting while driving in Ohio will make a positive impact in our state that will save lives.