Ohio proposal would ban drivers from holding phones, devices

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The bill introduced Monday by GOP House members Cindy Abrams and Brian Lampton would also make distracted driving a primary driving offense

Colonel Richard Fanbro, Superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, discusses patrol efforts to reduce distracted driving accidents during the holidays, at a news conference promoting safe holiday driving and also attended by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. Fanbro said distracted driving is unsafe and irresponsible and can have devastating results for families of people injured or killed in distracted driving accidents.

Colonel Richard Fanbro, Superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, discusses patrol efforts to reduce distracted driving accidents during the holidays, at a news conference promoting safe holiday driving and also attended by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. Fanbro said distracted driving is unsafe and irresponsible and can have devastating results for families of people injured or killed in distracted driving accidents. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new legislative effort to crack down on distracted driving would make it illegal to drive in Ohio while holding a phone or any other electronic device.

The bill introduced Monday by GOP House members Cindy Abrams and Brian Lampton would also make distracted driving a primary driving offense. That would mean police wouldn’t need another reason to pull drivers over before enforcing the ban on holding devices.

The measure incorporates many elements of a proposal that Republican Gov. Mike DeWine unsuccessfully pushed earlier this year.

The bill allows exceptions for emergency responders. It also includes a “one-swipe” exception for people to answer incoming calls and then disconnect them.

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