Ohio Lawmakers Want Harsher Penalties For Distracted Driving

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fines for distracted driving in Ohio would increase under a bill that's just been introduced at the Statehouse. 

The enhanced penalty for distracted driving would not add points to a driver's license and not go on their record. The driver would be on the hook for a hundred dollar fine, under State Representative Jim Hughes' (R-Upper Arlington) bill. It would be a secondary offense during a traffic stop. 

"Law enforcement at that time would determine that distracted driving was the cause of the primary or contributing factor. The law enforcement officer could then charge an additional charge on with that which would be a minor misdemeanor," Hughes says. 

Hughes and State Representative Bill Seitz (R- Blue Ash) are introducing the legislation.

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