Texting Ban Goes Into Effect

by Kelly Choate on August 31, 2012 at 7:09 am

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.

State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Steven Rine said police will only issue warnings for the next half year.

"Texting is one piece of a large problem titled distracted driving," said Rine.  "A distracted driver is very dangerous.  A distracted driver is as dangerous as an OVI driver."

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, but drivers under 18 are not allowed to text or use cell phones at all.  For them it’s a primary offense.

"We support anything that’s going to increase the safety of the motoring public," said Rine.  "We just recommend that while you’re in your vehicle to pay attention at the task at hand which is driving from point A to point B."

Ohio is the 39th state to ban texting while driving.  Governor John Kasich signed the legislation into law June 1.