BRB? Wauseon may ban texting while driving

Wauseon may be the next Ohio city to ban texting while driving. / WNWO archive

Residents in Wauseon may soon be typing "G2G" before they hit the road if the city council passes a ban on texting while driving.

The council will vote on the proposed oridanance, which makes sending, reading and writing a text message or accessing the Internet while driving a minor misdemeanor, next Monday. Several cities across the state already have the ban in place.

"We were waiting for the state to come out with something, but it's getting to the point where enough is enough," Wauseon police Chief Keith Torbet told The Blade. "When they figure out what to do, if theirs is tougher than ours, we'll enforce theirs. If ours is stricter, we'll keep ours on the books."

Toledo's texting ban went into effect in January ahead of a statewide ban awaiting approval in the senate. Across the nation, 34 states have a adopted the ban.

"The goal is to be proactive -- basically compliance and safety," Chief Torbet said. "Put the phone down. Get home. If you really need to use the phone, if you really need to text someone, pull off the side of the road. The 10 seconds you save is not worth your life or someone else's."

Police officers across the state previously expressed concern about the difficulty of enforcing a texting ban, which could require a search warrant to analyze a driver's phone.

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