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Ohio Bans Texting While Driving

June 06, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich on June 1 signed a bill that bans texting while driving. The violation will become a secondary traffic offense for adults and a primary offense for drivers under 18, when the law goes into effect Aug. 30.

The new law also prohibits drivers under age 18 from any use of a wireless communications device while driving. That means no talking, texting, emailing, game playing or anything else on a cell phone while driving.

Ohio becomes the 39th state to prohibit texting behind the wheel for all drivers.

For the first 60 days after the law takes effect, offenders will be issued warnings. After that, adult violators will face a fine of up to $150. Teens who violate the law will be subject to a $150 fine and a 60-day license suspension. Teens who are repeat offenders can face a $300 fine and a year-long license suspension.

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