Toledo bans texting while driving

Toledo City Council has voted to make texting-while-driving illegal in Toledo.

Council passed the ordinance with a 10-2 vote Tuesday afternoon. Council members Michael Ashford and Lindsay Webb voted against the measure.

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner first announced a plan to create the ordinance prohibiting texting while driving back in August.

The passing of the measure will make it illegal to read or send text messages from a mobile phone while behind the wheel. The law will go into effect on Toledo streets beginning Jan. 1, 2010.

In early August, NBC24 conducted a test to see how distracting text messaging can be to a driver. Watch the results of our road test here.

Voters in Bowling Green rejected a proposed ban on the use of hand-held cell phones back in May.