COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The texting ban for Ohio drivers goes into effect Friday but it’ll be six months before you can get a ticket for doing it.
Police will issue only warnings for the next half year. Texting while driving will be a secondary offense for drivers 18 and older. That means an officer has to stop a driver for another offense first, such as speeding.
But drivers under 18 are not allowed to text, use cellphones or other hand-held devices period. For them it’s a primary offense.
The Governors Highway Safety Association says Ohio is the 39th state to ban texting while driving. Gov. John Kasich (KAY-sik) signed the legislation into law June 1.
It does allow all drivers to text and use their cellphones in cases of an emergency.