DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A new distracted driving law goes into effect in Ohio next month.
The State Highway Patrol says this is more important than ever after several recent incidents involving close collisions with road cruisers.
There have been 62,000 distracted driving accidents in Ohio since 2018.
Because of this, the new law, effective April 4, gives law enforcement a “probable reason” to stop drivers if police officers witness them illegally using their cell phones or other electronic devices.
“You cannot hold your cell phone in your hand, you cannot speak on the speakerphone, you cannot use your body to support this device and speak on the phone, you cannot enter data manually, you cannot send text messages, enter a number telephone, Sgt. This was reported by Ryan Purpura of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
After the new law goes into effect, there will be a grace period when officers will try to train drivers and try to break some bad habits.