COLUMBUS—State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today issued a statement following Gov. DeWine’s announcement that the Hands-Free Ohio provisions will be included in the Executive Budget proposal to increase safety on Ohio roadways by limiting distracted driving. During the 133rd General Assembly, Rep. Lightbody introduced House Bill (HB) 468, which would make it a primary offense to use handheld electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle, to address this very issue of distracted driving and is working to re-introduce the measure again this month.
“I am very glad to see that Gov. DeWine included the Hands-Free Ohio provisions in the Executive Proposal. A statewide primary offense law for distracted driving such as the ones proposed last year by Sens. Kunze and O’Brien in the Senate and my bill in the House will provide far better consistency and allow for statewide education efforts to get the message across: Distracted driving is always unacceptable in Ohio.
Our focus should be keeping our hands on the wheel, our eyes on the road, and our minds engaged while we are driving. Let’s keep people safe on our roads, whether they are in your car, crossing or repairing a street, or riding a bike alongside traffic. Everyone deserves to leave their homes with the full expectation of returning safely.
I look forward to working with the governor and our House and Senate colleagues to pass a well-rounded budget that will protect the health and safety of Ohioans through the inclusion of this priority legislation.”