Tomorrow, Friday, August 31, 2012, the Ohio texting while driving ban will go into effect. There’s only one catch, authorities will not be handing out tickets to offenders for another 6 months. Offenders will only be given a warning if they are caught.
The law is multi-faceted. First, drivers over the age of 18 can only be pulled over for texting while driving if the act of texting while driving is a secondary offense. Drivers must first be pulled over for speeding, reckless driving or another primary offense. Second, drivers under the age of 18 will be prohibited for any form of cell phone use while driving. For drivers under the age of 18, using a cell phone while driving will be a primary offense.
When the ban goes into effect, Ohio will be the 39th state to ban texting while driving.
Below is a map the illustrates state-by-state cell phone laws.