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Central Ohio City Could Join Others Around State to Ban Texting While Driving

Bexley City Council Members are expected to vote, Tuesday night, on a law to prohibit texting while driving. If the legislation passes it will be the first of its kind in Central Ohio.

"It's really a disaster just waiting to happen."

That's what Bexley City Council Member Jed Morison said about someone texting while driving. Morison, who proposed the ban, said there have been no serious problems in Bexley - yet.

"The whole purpose in proposing this law is simply to prevent accidents and therefore prevent injury," Morison said.

If the ban passes, Bexley will be the first in Central Ohio to prohibit texting while driving. And those caught doing so could face a fine of up to $150.

Although there is no formal legislation, a Gahanna City Council Member has proposed discussing such a law. Cleveland already has an ordinance against texting behind the wheel.

Bexley's Morison said the proposed legislation has received overwhelming support from local citizens. He said only one person has expressed feeling the ban is unnecessary.

"I think most people thinks that it makes good common sense, and we're very hopeful that it will generate enough support that it will lead to state legislation being passed," he said.

Three bills have been introduced into the Ohio House that includes some language prohibiting texting while driving.