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H. B. No. 270 As IntroducedAs Introduced
|128th General Assembly|
Representatives Pillich, Garland
Representatives Domenick, Murray, Oelslager, Pryor
To enact section
4511.204 of the Revised Code to
prohibit driving a
vehicle while text messaging
or typing on a mobile
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
(1) A person using a mobile communication device in that
emergency purposes, including an emergency contact
with a law
enforcement agency, hospital or health care provider,
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
(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
(1) A wireless telephone;
(2) A text-messaging device;
(3) A personal digital assistant;
(5) Any other substantially similar wireless device that is
designed or used to communicate text or data.