Reminder: New Ohio Law Banning Texting While Driving Goes Into Effect August 31, 2012

August 14, 2012

Auto Accidents

Ohio law banning texting while drivingOn August 31, 2012, Ohio will become the 39th state in the U.S. to prohibit all texting while driving for all motorists in Ohio.

A six-month warning period will follow.  Penalties for texting while driving will have two levels of enforcement.  Ohio drivers under 18 who are apprehended for texting while driving will face a primary offense of $150.  Second offenses will raise the penalty to a $300 fine with possible loss of license for the under 18 age group.

Adults will be fined $150 for texting while driving.  Their offense status is secondary.  In other words, they cannot be stopped just for texting.  If the driver is stopped in a community where the penalties for driving are more stringent than state law, local law will prevail.

The law will also prohibit novice drivers from using electronic devices while driving.  This includes cell phones, I-pads, laptops, etc.  (Novice drivers are those who have never held a driver’s license with full privileges.)   

Both texting and use of devices such as cell phones often result in distracted driving in all groups of drivers, not just novice drivers. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from driving and potentially endangers another person.

A National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) study indicated a driver is four times more likely to be in a car accident if he or she is using hand-held devices.

A recent Carnegie Mellon study indicates the brain activity associated with driving is reduced by 37% when the driver is using a cell phone, even if it is a headset model.

NHTSA data from just two year ago shows a total of 3,092 people were killed in auto accidents involving a distracted driver.  Another 416,000 persons sustained injury.

If you or someone you know is involved in an auto accident anywhere in Ohio, which results from distracted driving and the carelessness of another, it is advisable that an experienced personal injury attorney be contacted. Please contact the Ohio accident law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP for a free consultation by calling 1-800-297-9191 or by sending a Message from our website, to set up a time to talk with an Ohio attorney who will protect your interests.

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