Ohio lawmakers are looking at a new bill which, if enacted, would ban using handheld devices while driving.
State Representative Mary Lightbody introduced the legislation with the aim of both banning handheld devices and making it a primary offense.
If made a primary offense, police officers would be able to cite a driver for using a handheld device without any other traffic violations haven taken place.
Cathy Richeson, of Granville, agrees with the new bill wholeheartedly.
Her son, Nathan, a captain with the air national guard, was hit and killed in 2014 by a woman who was texting while driving.
Cathy says people don’t understand what a selfish act distracted driving is.
“So, we need to have laws in place so that is clearly understood and we make this world a safer place to live.”
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, in 2018, distracted driving directly accounted for nearly 50 deaths across the state.