Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is joined by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Transportation, and others to unveil a statewide public awareness campaign to remind drivers of Ohio's strengthened distracted driving laws.
Beginning on April 4, 2023, it will be illegal in most cases for a driver to use or hold a cell phone or electronic device while driving on Ohio roads. The use of cell phones and other electronic communications devices will be considered a primary traffic offense for all drivers, allowing law enforcement to immediately pull over a distracted driver upon witnessing a violation. Warnings will be issued for distracted driving during a 6-month grace period as part of the effort to educate and help motorists adapt to the new law. Violations will be issued beginning on October 4, 2023.
additional speakers include:
Governor Mike DeWine
Director Jack Marchbanks, Ohio Department of Transportation
Director Andy Wilson, Ohio Department of Public Safety
Colonel Charles Jones, Ohio State Highway Patrol
Leah Fullenkamp, wife of distracted driving victim