Posted Jul 1st 2012 4:00PM
Last week in Ohio, the U.S. state Senate made a move that promises to be a very competitive entry in this year's "Demonstrate How Laws Are Basically Just Wishes" contest. They passed an anti-texting bill that will make all texting while driving illegal. That's nothing new - they'll be the 38th state to do that, if it passes. It's the bill's other provision that would make Ohio different - the one that says drivers under the age of 18 cannot use any electronic devices whatsoever. Not for calling, not for texting, not for status updating, not for anything. This is a total ban on device use for kids under 18 and an across-the-board ban on texting for everyone.
Well, it's an across-the-board ban on texting except that it does not include built-in voice recognition texting systems that play incoming messages out loud and send messages that users dictate. Why does it specifically exclude those? Perhaps because the Ford Motor Company, which has a huge assembly plant and six manufacturing plants in Ohio, said "please." Just putting that out there.
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