Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ohio's texting law: An overview

Do you know the details about Ohio's new texting law?

Under age 18, it is illegal to use any mobile communications device while driving in Ohio, effective Aug. 31, 2012.

* This means no texting, e-mailing, cell phone, video games, iPad/tablet or handheld GPS use while driving, even when sitting at a light or in a traffic jam.

* A primary offense - The only reason police need to pull you over.

* First violation: $150 fine and driver's license suspended for 60 days.

* Second violation: $300 fine and license suspended for one year.

* Exceptions: Pre-programmed GPS or emergency calls to police, ambulance fire dept., etc.

*Adult drivers face a $150 fine for texting or reading/sending e-mails.

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