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12 Jan

Governor DeWine Signs Bill that Strengthens Distracted Driving Laws in Ohio

Ohio has recently enacted new laws to crack down on distracted driving. This is a welcome development, as distracted driving has become a major issue on the roads in Ohio and across the country. 

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, distracted driving is any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road. This can include texting while driving, eating, applying makeup, or even just chatting with passengers. All of these activities can significantly increase the risk of a car accident, and it is important for drivers to be aware of the dangers of distracted driving and to take steps to avoid it. 

The new laws in Ohio aim to reduce the number of distracted driving incidents by increasing penalties for those who are caught engaging in such behaviors. For example, the law now prohibits drivers from texting while driving, unless they are making an emergency call or using a hands free device. This means that drivers are not allowed to hold their phone in their hand while driving, even if they are using it to make a phone call or listen to music. 

The new laws also provide for increased penalties for those who cause accidents while distracted driving. If a driver causes an accident while distracted, they can now be charged with first degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

It is important for drivers in Ohio to understand the new distracted driving laws and to take steps to avoid engaging in such behavior while behind the wheel. Distracted driving is a serious problem, and the new laws in Ohio are an important step towards reducing the number of accidents and fatalities caused by this dangerous behavior. By following the new laws and keeping our roads safe, we can all do our part to make Ohio a safer place to live and drive. 

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