Apr 5, 2024 - News

Distracted driving citations still on the rise

Data: Ohio State Highway Patrol; Note: Data is as of April 4, 2024, and may be updated as investigations are finalized; Chart: Axios Visuals

It's been six months since Ohio began citing drivers in violation of a stricter distracted driving law meant to curb cellphone use on the roads.

State of play: Citations are way up since then, an Axios review of State Highway Patrol data finds.

  • In the past, texting while driving was a secondary offense ā€” law enforcement could only issue citations if pulling over a driver for another reason.
  • The new law bans texting, scrolling and manually inputting GPS directions while moving.

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