Educate Your Teen Patients on Ohio’s New Distracted Driving Law

Phones down. It’s the law.

As of April 4, 2023, it is illegal in most cases to use or hold a cell phone or other electronic device in your hand, lap, or other parts of the body while driving on Ohio roads. If an officer sees a violation, they can pull you over. Make sure teen drivers and their families are educated on this new law!

Previously, law enforcement could not pull over an adult driver distracted by an electronic device unless that driver also committed another traffic offense. The new law has made this behavior a primary offense, meaning that, in most cases, law enforcement can now immediately pull over any adult driver who is distracted by their phone.

What’s Off Limits?

  • Dialing a phone number
  • Sending a text message
  • Browsing social media
  • Video calls for FaceTime
  • Watching videos
  • Playing games
  • Recording or streaming videos

With very few exceptions, anything that involves using, holding, or supporting a device while driving is off limits under Ohio’s new law.

Beginning April 4, law enforcement will be issuing warnings for violations of this new law. This is part of the effort to educate and help drivers adapt to the change. After six months, officers will begin issuing citations for violating this law.

To learn more, visit PhonesDown.Ohio.gov.

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