Governor John Kasich signed into law the Texting and Driving Legislation that had been approved by the State Legislature. The law will go into effect on August 30, 2012 with a six (6) month warning period to follow. The statute specifically states that no law enforcement officer shall issue a citation for a violation of this new law during this six (6) month period. Instead officers will be giving written warnings to offenders advising them of the new law and the potential penalties.
The law contains two levels of enforcement depending upon the age of the offender. If the offender is an adult, he or she can only be cited as a secondary violation after the offender was pulled over for another offense. For drivers under eighteen (18) years of age, texting and use of other electronic portable devises will be a primary offense. In other words, law enforcement officers are not required to observe a traffic infraction to stop the offender before issuing the citation. The maximum fine for adults is $150.00, while the maximum fine for teen violators is $300.00 with a possible loss of the driver’s license.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this new legislation please feel free to contact the law office of Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer CO., LPA at (419) 843-2001.