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Tickets for texting to start in July

To date, no local citations but that is about to change

March 15, 2014

Though more than 270 citations have been issued by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for drivers across the state who are texting while driving from March 2013 through the end of last month, local law......

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iloverootbeer

Mar-15-14 2:55 AM

Belpre: None.

Beverly: None.

Marietta: None.

Lowell: None.

Looks like phone use isnt a problem, more like a few people being annoyed by it. If it was, there would be more than 270 citations in a state with 10 million residents. Same with the street light suggestions. What's next, can't change the radio station while driving?

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iloverootbeer

Mar-15-14 3:04 AM

Bad drivers are bad drivers, honestly to keep the roads safe there should be a test every 10 years to keep your license.

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dalejrfan

Mar-15-14 9:35 AM

My question is a simple one.....how is local law enforcement going to cite people for talking on their cell phones when they violate this same law each and every day. I don't really see troopers doing it very often but city PD and especially deputies seem to have their phones glued to their ears while driving. They can't use the argument that it could be work related because it may be the same thing for each of us. Hard to write a ticket when you're guilty of the same thing.

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hockeypuck

Mar-15-14 11:06 AM

I do not appreciate anyone, let alone inexperienced driver, from putting all of us at risk, just so they can "text" with another inexperienced driver or young person.

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whatdifferencedoesitmake

Mar-15-14 2:14 PM

Texting while driving seems stupid, as the driver's eyes are necessarily taken off the road and mirrors. I should be free to talk on a cell phone. It is no more distracting than the radio or a live conversation. Dialing? That's a problem.

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whatdifferencedoesitmake

Mar-16-14 8:53 AM

Years ago there was a rear-end collision caused when a driver was reaching down to catch a gallon of milk that rolled off the passenger seat. All you Nanny State "otta be a law agin it" types have your next new Law to fuss over. Driving with Unsecured New Groceries (D.U.N.G.). Yes, we need fines and imprisonment for DUNG violations. Primary or Secondary offense? Bring back Personal Responsibility. You are trying to legislate common sense. Impossible.

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BeRight

Mar-16-14 8:55 AM

Are all those people texing or just looking at their c r o t c h?

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NasCarNut

Mar-16-14 9:07 AM

@dalejrfan, this is how officers get a pass...

"Section (A) of the section does not apply to any of the following..... (3) A person driving a public safety vehicle who uses a handheld electronic wireless communications device in the manner in the course of the person's duty"

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dalejrfan

Mar-16-14 9:49 AM

Thanks for the info NascarNut....doesn't make it right though. I'm sure all those times they are seen talking on their cell phones isn't work related but still hard to prove. Anyways, thanks.

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steelergirl

Mar-17-14 8:13 AM

I was rear-ended once by a friend who reached down to get a cigarette. Smoking and driving should be against the law also!! LOL!! I do believe that law enforcement shouldn't be talking on cellphones either. Don't they have radios in their vehicle for work related stuff? No excuse for them to talk and drive!!!

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ea333555

Mar-17-14 2:05 PM

No cell phone use without a hands free device. Period. They should strictly enforce this law....and abide by it too. Also, get the smokers who throw their cigarette butts out the window for littering too. Does anyone think it's ok to litter?

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