130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. B. No. 270  As Introduced
As Introduced

128th General Assembly
Regular Session
2009-2010
H. B. No. 270


Representatives Pillich, Garland 

Cosponsors: Representatives Domenick, Murray, Oelslager, Pryor 



A BILL
To enact section 4511.204 of the Revised Code to prohibit driving a vehicle while text messaging or typing on a mobile communication device.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That section 4511.204 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 4511.204.  (A) No person shall drive a motor vehicle, trackless trolley, or streetcar on any street, highway, or property open to the public for vehicular traffic while text messaging or typing on a mobile communication device.
(B) Division (A) of this section does not apply to any of the following:
(1) A person using a mobile communication device in that manner for emergency purposes, including an emergency contact with a law enforcement agency, hospital or health care provider, fire department, or other similar emergency agency or entity;
(2) A person operating a public safety vehicle who uses a mobile communication device in that manner in the course of the person's duties.
(C) Whoever violates division (A) of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
(D) As used in this section, "mobile communication device" includes any of the following:
(1) A wireless telephone;
(2) A text-messaging device;
(3) A personal digital assistant;
(4) A computer;
(5) Any other substantially similar wireless device that is designed or used to communicate text or data.
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