Akron City Council mulls texting-while-driving ban

9:14 AM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- Akron's City Council is considering whether to ban drivers from sending text messages from behind the wheel.

A new state law already makes texting behind the wheel a secondary offense for adults. That means they have to be pulled over for speeding or some other offense before they can get a ticket for texting. It's a primary offense for those 18 and under, so they can be more easily ticketed.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/V1GeB9 ) council members on Monday discussed a proposal that would make texting while driving a primary offense for drivers regardless of their age.

Akron's proposal is modeled after an ordinance approved by the Cincinnati City Council in 2010. Drivers would be banned from writing, sending or reading text messages and from interacting with Internet-based content.

The Associated Press

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