We do love our cell phones. So much so that we cannot seem to put them down while shopping, walking or driving. And although cell phone use can come off as being rude to those around us, it is downright dangerous when we are behind the wheel.

A state representative from central Ohio has introduced legislation to ban people from using handheld electronic devices while driving. We see this as a necessary move.

In 2017, 58 people were killed and 7,000 injured in 14,000 distracted driving wrecks in Ohio, according to state records.

Statewide, distracted driving is not a primary offense that would allow an officer to stop and possibly charge the driver.

Local communities around the state, though, have already tightened laws about distracted driving, making it a primary offense. Given the crash numbers, it’s time for a statewide law against this potentially deadly practice.

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