Ohio’s new distracted driving law takes effect. What you need to know.

Ohio's new distracted driving law goes into effect this week.  Police will be allowed to pull over drivers for texting and other distracted driving activities without witnessing other traffic infractions.

Texting while driving is already illegal in Ohio but a new law takes effect this week that will make it easier for officers to pull motorists over for distracted driving.

The new, upgraded law makes driving distracted − texting, checking social media, streaming videos − a primary offense. That means the police no longer need to see another traffic infraction before making the stop.

On Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine said a statewide effort will launch soon to educate Ohio drivers about the new law. DeWine said a new website is up to inform drivers at phonesdown.ohio.gov

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