More than 80 percent of American drivers cite distraction as a serious problem that makes them feel less safe on the road, according to the AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index. Federal data suggest that distraction contributes to 16 percent of all fatal crashes. A AAA Foundation in-car study found teens were distracted almost a quarter of the time they were driving.
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In the previous two-year legislative session, three bills designed to crackdown on distracted driving stalled. In the Senate in 2015, Seitz and Hughes’ pushed the same legislation to add penalties to distracted drivers who commit moving violations and a similar bill in the Ohio House failed to gain traction. Likewise, House Bill 88, which would have made texting while driving a primary offense for adults and teens alike, did not make it out of committee.
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