Proposed Change To Texting Bill Targets Teenagers

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A state senator wants to steer a proposed texting bill in a different direction, ONN’s Denise Alex reported Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Tom Patton of Cuyahoga County said that he wanted to add an amendment to current texting legislation to prohibit 16 and 17 year olds from using all electronic devices behind the wheel.

“We currently have several ideas brewing, and we want to make sure that when we get together, I think we are going to speak about it as soon as this evening,” Patton said.

Patton is facing strong opposition from fellow republicans, Alex reported.

The father of six said that studies have shown that teens who have just gotten their licenses are more likely to talk while driving and text while driving as adults.

Ohio State University student Buffy Luckman said that she thought the proposed change would not curb the problem.

“It’s the first time that you really give a teenager freedom, and so what do they do with that freedom, they do silly, crazy things,” Luckman said.

Fellow Ohio State student Holly Jacobs said that she agreed.

“I think that people are going to do it anyways, so you can outlaw it all you want,” Jacobs said. “They are going to have to see you doing it, and if you see a cop, you just put your phone down.”

Some senators, like Republican Sen. Tom Niehaus of southern Ohio, said that the texting ban is too hard to enforce, whether it targets adults or teenagers, Alex reported.

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