Ohio Senate panel make changes to texting bill

ANN SANNER Associated Press Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Teen drivers in Ohio couldn't use their cellphones, iPads or other electronic devices unless there's an emergency under a measure being considered by a state Senate panel.

Senators added the restrictions on teens Wednesday in a series of changes that also included dialing back a statewide texting ban on adult drivers.

Revisions would make texting a secondary offense for adults. It means drivers could be ticketed for texting at the wheel only if pulled over for another offense, such as running a red light.

The panel could vote on the bill Wednesday afternoon. It would make writing and sending text messages while driving a minor misdemeanor with possible fines of $150.

The House overwhelmingly passed the bill in June, but it's been stalled in the Senate.