Ohio’s new texting law

If you’re under age 18:

*It is illegal to use any electronic wireless communications device while driving in Ohio.

This means:

  • No texting
  • No e-mailing
  • No talking on your cell phone, Bluetooth, Bluetooth speakers, On-Star or any similar device
  • No computers, laptops or tablets
  • No playing video games
  • No using your GPS (unless it’s a voice-operated or hands-free device)

— Even when you are sitting at a light or stuck in traffic


It’s a Primary Offense:
 Law enforcement can stop you for any of the above reasons. First violation: $150 fine, driver license suspended for 60 days

Second and/or subsequent violations: $300 fine, driver license suspended for one year

Exceptions: Pre-programmed GPS, vehicles in a stationary position and outside a lane of travel, emergency calls to law enforcement, hospital, fire department, etc.

 Adult drivers (18 years or older):

*It is Illegal to use a handheld electronic wireless communications device to write, send or read a text while driving in Ohio. Minor misdemeanor, could face a fine of up to $150

Texting While Driving: How Dangerous is it?
Among driving distractions, texting is extremely dangerous because it takes your eyes and attention off the road.

40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger  (Pew Research Center).About 50% of teens surveyed admit to texting while driving  (AT&T Poll, 2012).

Texting while driving takes your eyes off the road for about five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field – 100 yards – with your eyes closed  (USDOT)

You are 23 times more likely to crash while texting and driving (VTTI)

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