Texting While Driving Is Illegal in Ohio
With the passage of H.B. 99, Ohio has joined other states in banning receiving or transmitting text messages while driving. The bill prohibits a person from driving a motor vehicle, trackless trolley, or streetcar on any street, highway, or property open to the public for vehicular traffic while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication. R.C. 4511.204(A)
The bill defines ʺelectronic wireless communications deviceʺ to include a wireless telephone, text‐messaging device, personal digital assistant, computer, or any other substantially similar wireless device that is designed or used to communicate text. R.C. 4511.204(D)(1) ʺWrite, send, or read a text‐based communicationʺ means to manually write or send, or read a text‐based communication using an electronic wireless communications device, including manually writing or sending, or reading communications referred to as text messages, instant messages, or electronic mail.
Under the bill, whoever violates the prohibition discussed above is guilty of a
minor misdemeanor. The penalty for a minor misdemeanor is a fine of not more than $150.
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