Patrol: 273 citations given for texting

“There’s no way we will ever know the number of lives saved by this”
Associated Press
Mar 10, 2014


More than 270 citations have been issued to drivers for texting or using a cellphone behind the wheel in violation of a new Ohio law, according to data from the State Highway Patrol.


   The tickets were handed out from March 2013 through the end of last month, covering the first year the statewide texting ban has been in effect.


   The citations pale in comparison to the almost 367,600 tickets issued for speeding over the same time period, but supporters say the ticket figures don’t tell the whole picture.


   “There’s no way we will ever know the number of lives saved by this,” said state Rep. Rex Damschroder, a Fremont Republican who was one of the bill’s sponsors.


   The state Health Department’s most recent youth risk survey found that almost half of Ohio teen drivers had texted or emailed behind the wheel.


   The law is stricter for minors than adults. Yet of the 273 tickets issued by the patrol over the past year, 43 were given to drivers younger than 18.


   Under the law, younger drivers cannot talk on their phones and are prohibited from texting or using other hand-held devices, such as an iPod. For them, it’s a primary offense — meaning drivers can be pulled over specifically for committing the act.


   For those 18 and older, texting while driving is a secondary offense. That means an officer has to stop a driver for another offense first, such as speeding or running a red light.


   Damschroder had wanted texting to be a primary offense for all drivers, which he said would have been easier to enforce.


   “Can an officer look in the window and tell if someone is 17 or 19?” Damschroder said. “I think the answer is probably not — which makes it very difficult for the officer to pull anybody over specifically for texting while driving”



We DO know, however, how many lives would have been saved if Rex's octegenarian father (who according to reports, had 20/200 vision) had not been permitted to fly an aircraft in Fremont in 2008: six (6).

We now know that the pilot's eye doc was held negligent for allowing him to fly. A nagging question: wouldn't you think that the pilot's family members must also have known that his eyesight was that deficient?

Locoboriqua1970's picture

What a coincidence that pilot was Rex Damshroders father... hmm


Driving the car has become secondary to all the other activities.. cell phones, eating, applying make up.

My favorite is the people with the dogs running loose in the car.. jumping over the seat, blocking the driver's view.

There oughta be a law....

Small kids are required to be held in an approved device for their own safety.. AND to keep them under control. A large dog can weigh 150 lbs and is often seen on the driver's lap... or hopping on and off the driver's lap.... running from window to window. Interestingly, it's usually a late model rather expensive car.... (not a beater) with a "status symbol" dog.

Fix this soon !!!

JMOP's picture

I agree! Taking my med. sized dog years ago to obedience class was a pain. I didn't think to buy a crate, since it was only three classes. He also ended up eating my seatbelt, when I thought he was finally being good laying in the backseat.
He was a big distraction.


Thanks for being honest.



The Patrol has cited over 20,000 people for tailgating, but who has ever been pulled over for it? Have you heard anyone who has? I believe most of those citations were an after the fact situation, in other words they got the ticket when they got into a wreck. The Patrol wrote over 300,000 speeding tickets (my number may off a little) but they admit that its tailgating that causes the most problem, its 'the number one cause of accidents'

When I ride my motorcycle I am more concerned about the jerk on my tire than those passing me 30 miles over the limit!

Maybe we need to rewrite the laws and have tailgating cost $1500 in fines, THEN the Cops will start to enforce the law against the # 1 cause of accidents!

This is the biggest problem Bikers have on the road.


I go the speed limit and get tailgated all the time in spite of the fact that the police regularly sit along the road looking for speeders.

I've even been passed in double yellow zones, but, alas, the police were not there that day.

When drivers' training courses were taught, before liability lawsuits ruined the program, the rule of thumb was one car length per 10 mph.
Today, people learn to drive by watching others who never attended a driving instruction class. They learn through osmosis.