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Rep. Lightbody encouraged by Senate, Governor's move to limit distracted driving

Willing to work together to make Ohio roads safer for drivers, families
February 13, 2020
Mary Lightbody News

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today responded to Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement that he was introducing legislation to increase safety on Ohio roadways by limiting distracted driving. Rep. Lightbody had introduced a bill to tackle this very issue, HB 468, last month and the bill has already received its first hearing. Lightbody’s bill would make it a primary offense to use handheld electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.

“I am encouraged to see Governor DeWine and my Senate colleagues raising awareness to this very important issue. I introduced HB 468 last month at the request of my constituent who had lost her husband to a distracted driver. Like many others, I believe this is a problem Ohio needs to solve.

I offer my sincerest sympathies to the families who spoke today and to all other Ohio families whose lives have been shattered because of a distracted driving accident. 

I look forward to working with the Governor and our House and Senate colleagues to get this issue addressed.”

House bill 468 has been assigned to the House Committee on Transportation & Public Safety and received its first hearing on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.