Phones down. It’s the law. As of October 5th, anyone seen using their phones while driving could get pulled over and fined.
The hope is that with people being hands-free from their phones behind the wheel, the number of distracted driving accidents across the state will drop significantly.
As of April 4, 2023, it was 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 will pull you over.
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.
“Williams County Safe Communities of the Williams County Health Department cares about your safety and that of your family.”
“That’s why we encourage you to become familiar with this new law and to adapt your cell phone use to comply with the law,” said Peg Buda, Safe Communities Coordinator.
“Remember, this new law applies to all drivers, anytime, anywhere – including when you’re driving on company business or using a company phone.”
With very few exceptions, anything that involves using, holding, or supporting a device while driving is off limits under Ohio’s new law.
More details, along with a list of exceptions, are available at PhonesDown.Ohio.gov . Williams County Health Department “Ohio’s new law has the potential to save many lives and make our roads safer,” said Buda, “Numerous research studies have shown distracted driving is dangerous, and can potentially endanger your family, friends and neighbors.”
As of October 5th, law enforcement will be issuing citations for violations of this new law. To learn more, visit PhonesDown.Ohio.gov