FINALLY – Ohio drivers can be pulled over for distracted driving.

A new law will start to be enforced in Ohio that prohibits most phone use behind the wheel, especially testing while driving. 

Previously, law enforcement was only allowed to ticket persons if they were pulled over for another reason. The new law now makes phone use a primary offense so now you can get pulled over just for that. 

There is a six month grace period where you get a written warning instead of the $150 fine. So put that phone down!

However, there are some exceptions. 

  • Emergency calls
  • Using a phone while legally stopped at a light or shoulder
  • Phone is used as a GPS
  • Single swipe actions (Swipe)
  • Using Bluetooth

Although you can get a ticket for this, without a warrant you can not be compelled to turn over your phone.