Ohio governor wants distracted driving made primary offense

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says it’s time that distracted driving be reason enough to pull someone over. The governor said Friday it’s also time for a cultural recognition that texting or calling while driving is as dangerous as drunken driving.

Distracted driving includes texting, making calls or surfing the internet while driving. It is currently considered a secondary offense for drivers over 18, meaning police must have another reason to pull someone over. The Republican DeWine says he hopes to bring a proposal to the Legislature soon to make it a primary offense.