Ohio distracted driving crackdown proposal gets pulled

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — House Republicans have pulled Gov. Mike DeWine’s crackdown on distracted driving from the state transportation budget.

Gov. Mike DeWine renews push for distracted driving crackdown in Ohio

Under current law police need another reason to pull drivers over, such as speeding, before a distracted driving ticket can be issued.

DeWine wants the action made a primary driving offense, meaning police don’t need another reason to pull drivers over first.

DeWine, a Republican, included the measure in the budget but fellow GOP lawmakers on the House Finance Committee removed it Thursday.

House Finance Chairman Scott Oeslager, a Canton Republican, said lawmakers didn’t want to deal with a criminal law issue in the funding proposal.

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