Ohio Legislature Considers Bills Aimed at Curbing Distracted Driving

The Ohio Legislature is considering two bills aimed at curbing distracted driving after records found that talking, texting and web surfing contributed to nearly 14,000 crashes in the state last year. 

The Dayton Daily News reports House Bill 293 targets younger motorists by establishing a 9:00 p.m. curfew for driving unless accompanied by an adult and extending the learner's permit period from six months to a year. 

The other bill house bill, HB 95, would make distracted driving a secondary offense with a maximum $100 fine. 

The bills come as traffic deaths increased nationally in 2015 following a five-decade trend of decreasing numbers.

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