Texting While Driving Ban is Now in Effect
Teens can no longer even talk on the phone while behind the wheel
Warning, teen drivers in Fairlawn and Bath: Your phones are now off limits in the car.
A statewide ban on texting while driving took effect on Friday, WEWS-TV5 and others report.
That means it is now illegal for anyone text while driving. For teens 16 to 18, the new law is even stricter.
They can't text, email, play video games, use a GPS or even talk on a phone while driving -- or even if they are stopped at a traffic light.
Adult drivers are also prohibited from reading or writing text messages, reports Cleveland.com.
For adults, texting at the wheel is a secondary offense, which means they can only be cited for it if they are pulled over for another offense.
For 16- and 17-year-olds, though, it's a primary offense. If an officer sees a teen driver texting or talking, he can stop the vehicle and issue a ticket.
First-time violators can lose their license for 60 days and be fined $150. A second offense leads to a one-year license suspension and $300 fine.